Drexel Hangs On to Top Delaware for First CAA Win
from Press Release
Newark, Del. - Nick Trizano scored three times and Will Gabrielsen made 12 saves as Drexel defeated Delaware, 9-7, at Delaware Stadium. The Dragons (6-4, 1-1 CAA) scored six straight goals to open up a five-goal lead and hung on for their first conference win of the year.
Drexel scored four straight goals to end the first half and take the lead for good at 5-2. Four different Dragons scored during the stretch. Ben McIntosh started the run at the 12:35 mark and less than a minute later, after the Dragons won the draw, Jules Raucci gave Drexel a 3-2 lead. Ryan Belka gave the Dragons a two-goal cushion with an unassisted score at the 6:12 mark. Six minutes later, with just seven second to go in the half, Trizano came from behind the net to get the final goal of the quarter. On the ensuing face-off,Nick Saputo won the draw and Delaware's (5-5, 0-2) John O'Connor was whistled for an unreleasable penalty. The Dragons got the ball on the man-up to start the third and promptly scored twice in the first minute of the half. Trizano picked up a rebound and went behind his back for the first goal. Saputo then won the draw clean. The Dragons' Belka then fed McIntosh, who fired home his second of the game to give Drexel a 7-2 advantage.
Delaware tried to chip away after the two Drexel man-up goals,
and managed to score three straight to trim the lead down to 7-5.
Dan Keane started the run with a man-up goal after Trizano was
called for a push. Less than two minutes later, Beau Jones scored
the second of his three goals. The teams went the next 12 minutes
without scoring before Jones got the hat trick with an unassisted
goal with 11:38 left in the game. The Dragons stopped the momentum
with 8:35 left when Trizano again came from behind the net, stopped
and fired a shot past Peaks to complete his hat trick. The teams
then swapped goals with Jackson Finigan scoring for the Hens and
Jared Boudreau getting on the board for Drexel as the visitors held
a three-goal lead with a little more than two minutes to go.
Delaware added another with 1:07 left, but Drexel was able to run
out the clock and defeat their long-time rivals for the
Drexel wasted little time getting on the board to start the game. Less than two minutes in, Ryan Belka bounced a shot past Delaware's Conor Peaks to give the Dragons a 1-0 advantage. That would be Drexel's only goal of the quarter, despite firing 15 shots. The Hens didn't get on the board until the final minute. Delaware killed off a penalty, then got possession and evened it up on a Jones' goal with just 40 seconds to play in the first.
The Hens got their first lead of the game just 32 seconds into the second quarter. Trip Ashley set up Tom Holland and just like that, the Hens had two goals in 72 seconds after being held scoreless the first 14:20 of the game.
With his second goal of the game Trizano became just the 30th Drexel player to reach the 100-point mark. The senior now has 70 career goals. McIntosh had two scores and has scored at least two goals in nine straight games. He is now tied for 16th all-time at the school with 79 career goals. Belka finished with two goals and two assists for Drexel. Gabrielsen made 12 stops in the cage for Drexel, including five in the second quarter. He made at least three saves from point-blank range.
Drexel outshot Delaware, 47-33, including a 29-12 advantage in the first half. The game featured the top two face-off men in the Colonial Athletic Association. Drexel's Saputo came in as the conference leader at .678, while Tyler Barbarich of Delaware had a .640 percentage entering play. Saputo had the advantage on Saturday, winning 11 of the 19 face-offs in the game. He also had a game-high eight ground balls.
The Dragons return to Philadelphia for a two-game home stand. Drexel hosts CAA-foe Penn State on Saturday at 2 p.m. and one week later plays its final home game of the year against UMass.
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