March 25, 2014

Drexel Takes Down St. Joe's on Snowy Night

from press release

PHILADELPHIA – Nick Saputo won 22 face offs as Drexel scored 11 first half goal and defeated Saint Joseph's on a snowy night at Sweeney Field on Tuesday, 14-10. Nick Trizano scored four times and Ben McIntosh had another hat trick as the Dragons improved to 5-4 and snapped the Hawks (6-3) five-game winning streak.

Drexel opened the game with two goals in the first five minutes to take an early lead. Mitch de Snoo fed Trizano on the doorstep for Drexel's first goal and a minute later, McIntosh took a pass, dodged a defender and fired shot home from 10 yards out, putting the Dragons ahead by two. Saint Joseph's (6-3) answered with three straight goals in a span of five minutes to take the lead. Michael Rastivo, Rich Gabelman and Ray Vandegrift were the goal scorers. The Dragons responded by scoring the last two goals of the period. Trizano and McIntosh each scored again to make it 4-3. McIntosh scored after Matt Dusek caused a turnover and the Dragons got the ball to McIntosh at midfield. The senior raced all the way to the goal and beat the Hawks' keeper on the stick side.

Drexel took control of the game in the second quarter. After the teams swapped goals to start the period, Drexel went on a 6-0 run to close the half. McIntosh started the run at 13:07 and 41 seconds later, Mitch de Snoo ran by a defender and gave Drexel a three goal lead. Jared Boudreau then scored the first of his two second quarter goals on a rebound right in front. Seven seconds later Markel Nelson scored again for the Dragons. Saputo won the face off clean and fed Nelson, whose left-handed shot gave the visitors a five-goal cushion. Ryan Belka and Boudreau finished off the quarter with goals. Boudreau's was a carbon copy of his first goal, as he picked up a ground ball after a save and scored.

The Hawks chipped away at the lead in the third quarter. Saint Joseph's scored four of the five goals in the period and capitalized on nine third quarter turnovers by the Dragons. Rastivo scored his second goal of the game and Johnny Simanski added another with a man in the box to trim Drexel's lead to 11-6. Trizano got Drexel a six goal lead at the 8:48 mark of the third period, but that proved to be the Dragons' last goal for more than 20 minutes. The Hawks scored two more times to end the third and the first two in the fourth quarter to make it a 12-10 contest with 4:19 left in the game. The Dragons finally put the game away with two late goals. Boudreau set up Belka with 3:14 to play and Trizano added another, his fourth, with 1:58 to play.

McIntosh had his sixth hat trick of the season and his fifth in his last six games. Trizano tied a season-high with four goals. Boudreau and de Snoo each had three points in the game. Saputo, who has now won 53 of his last 70 face-offs over his last three games (.757), also had a game-high 12 ground balls.  

Ryan McGee led the Hawks with two goals and two assists. Rastivo and Simanski each had two goals, while Rastivo also had an assist. Dustin keen made 16 saves in goal for the Hawks, who were outshot 44-24 in the game. Will Gabrielsen made seven saves for DU.  

Drexel will visit Delaware on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Colonial Athletic Association game.


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