Dolphins Topped by Knights in Skyline Opener

Yonkers, N.Y. Mount Saint Vincent dropped a hard-fought 10-7 decision to visiting Mount Saint Mary on Saturday afternoon in its Skyline Conference opener. Senior John Petito (Staten Island, N.Y.) and freshman Michael Puchalski (Yorktown, N.Y.) each scored three times and senior Kyle Kalibat (Oceanside, N.Y.) stopped 11 shots for the Dolphins.

Mount Saint Vincent was outscored by the visitors 7-5 in the first half on Sunday, including 4-2 in the opening period. After Shaun McMahon and Puchalski traded goals in the first four minutes of play, the Knights scored the next two goals to open a 3-1 advantage.

Trailing by two goals, Petito got the Dolphins back to within one goal with a tally with the man advantage at the 7:44 mark of the quarter, but the Knights closed out the scoring in the period with a Jake Robison goal with 3:27 left.

The two teams played even in the second quarter, splitting the six goals that were scored. Mount Saint Mary took a three goal advantage early in the stanza before jumping out to a 7-3 lead when Robison scored the second of back-to-back goals for the Knights with 4:16 left before halftime.

The Dolphins answered the run with the final two goals of the second quarter to climb back to within 7-5 after 30 minutes of play. Puchalski scored with 2:31 left in the quarter and Kalibat added a man-up goal in the final minute to slice the four goal deficit in half.

Puchalski would get the Dolphins one goal closer with the only marker of the third quarter. He got the Dolphins to within 7-6 when he buried a feed from Pat McEnaney (New York, N.Y.) with 7:13 left to play in the third.

C.J. Cardo moved the Knights back in front by two with an early man-up goal in the fourth before Petito found the back of the net for the third time with 8:52 to play in regulation to get the Mount back to within a goal for the second time after halftime.

Mount Saint Mary would not give the lead up in the fourth and would put the game away with the final two goals of the game in the last four minutes. David Hobbs scored with 3:58 left to give the Knights a two goal cushion and later added an insurance goal with 1:40 remaining to close out the scoring in the game.

McMahon, Robison, Hobbs and Cardo all scored twice for Mount Saint Mary in the game, with Robison totaling six points after picking up four assists on the day. Stephen White picked up five groundballs for the Knights and won 12 face-offs.

Petito and Puchalski combined for six of the seven goals scored for the Dolphins in the game, with Petito scooping five groundballs and winning a face-off. Karl Schmitt (Westbury, N.Y.) and Germain Ngaba (Bronx, N.Y.) each won three face-offs with Ngaba picking up five groundballs. Joe Esposito (Bethpage, N.Y.) closed the day with two caused turnovers and three groundballs.

Kalibat posted 11 saves for the Dolphins, marking the third time this season he has stopped at least 10 shots in a game. He picked up six groundballs and caused two turnovers on the day. Connor Haran stopped 15 shots in the win for the Knights and collected a pair of groundballs.

Mount Saint Vincent held the edge in shots in the game 34-31 and in groundballs 36-34. Mount Saint Mary won 12 of the 19 face-offs in the game and went 7 for 10 in clearing chances.

Saturday's loss drops Mount Saint Vincent to 4-2 overall on the season and to 0-1 in Skyline Conference play. The Dolphins will look to rebound on March 26 when they travel to Bryn Athyn for a non-conference contest. Face-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.


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