March 30, 2011

Hartford Tops Albany for First Time Since '03

from press release

ALBANY, N.Y. – Rory Nunamacher's fourth-quarter goal was the difference as Hartford defeated Albany, 9-8, in the America East Conference opener for both teams on Wednesday evening at John Fallon Field. The Hawks ended an eight-game skid in the series, winning for the first time since the 2003 campaign.

Hartford (7-3, AE 1-0) tied the contest at five apiece with 32 seconds elapsed in the second half, when Martin Bowes scored from the right point off a short cross from Jared Franze in a man-advantage situation. Franze then put his team ahead one minute and two seconds later as he went low with a jump shot from the right.

The Hawks moved out to an 8-6 lead later in the third quarter. Tate Klidonas put back a rebound from in front of the crease after Albany goalkeeper Edmund Cathers saved Bowes' initial shot.

The Great Danes' Miles Thompson sliced the deficit in half when he went one-on-one with a defender and scored with a low underhanded shot.

In the final period, Hartford goalkeeper Frank Piechota made one of his 15 saves that led to a Nunamacher's transition goal and a 9-7 advantage with 4:12 to play. After the Great Danes kept an offensive set alive with a series of ground balls, Joe Resetarits fed Rocky Bonitatibus who converted from the right side. Albany had a couple of opportunities to draw even, including an extra-man attempt in the closing seconds. However, Bonitatibus missed wide to the right of the net.

"We made some costly decisions," said Albany coach Scott Marr, whose squad lost for the fourth straight time. "Give them credit, they are a good team. But we have to make better decisions, especially in the clearing game. It's our biggest issue."

Albany (3-5, AE 0-1) snapped a 2-2 deadlock with three unanswered in the second quarter. Matt Johnson cut inside a defender from left of the cage to break the tie. Thompson, a freshman, added back-to-back goals. The first went off the goalkeeper and a defenseman and across the goal line. The second came off Brian Caufield's crossing pass from in back of the net. Hartford scored 22 seconds apart right before halftime to close the gap to 5-4. Carter Bender picked up a loose ball in front of the crease for the first goal. Defenseman Ben Knapton corralled a tipped pass and found Ryan Compitello on the right crease with 1:25 left in the stanza.

Franze had two goals and one assist for the Hawks, who are off to their best start the 2000 season. Albany's Thompson scored three times, while Johnson added two goals and one assist.

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Hartford (7-3, AE 1-0) 1 3 4 1 - 9
Albany (3-5, AE 0-1) 2 3 2 1 - 8
Hartford – Scoring: Jared Franze 2-1, Carter Bender 2-0, Martin Bowes 2-0, Rory Nunamacher 1-0, Ryan Compitello 1-0, Tate Klidonas 1-0, Ben Knapton 0-1; Goalkeeper(s): Frank Piechota (60:00, 15 saves, 8 GA).
Albany – Scoring: Miles Thompson 3-0, Matt Johnson 2-1, Rocky Bonitatibus 2-0, Joe Resetarits 1-1, Brian Caufield 0-1; Goalkeeper(s): Edmund Cathers (54:46, 14 saves, 9 GA), John Carroll (5:14, 1 saves 0 GA).


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