Fightin’ Blue Hens pull-off comeback, 16-11. The Fairfield Stags (2-5, 0-4) made a visit to the first state to challenge the #12 Delaware Blue Hens (7-1, 4-0) on a chilly afternoon. A tale of two halves had the Stags come away with a first-half lead, 8-5.
The first quarter only witnessed three tallies. Mike Robinson (7g,1a) starting off his huge game followed by Travis Ford (2g). Dylan Beckwith (2g,2a) closed the quarter with Fairfield in front. Things opened up in the second started by Drew Lenkaitis (1g) and Robinson to knot it 3-3.
Taylor Strough (2g) hit rope twice followed by Tyler Burns (1g) and Jake Coleman (1g) to put the Stags up, 6-3. Delaware absorbed the hit. They responded with markers from, Mark Bieda (2g,1a) followed two minutes later by Cam Acchione (1g,2a) to close it to 6-5.
Trent Moran (1g) and Tyler Wuchte (1g) countered and frenzied quarter closed with the Stags in front, 8-5.
Delaware made the needed adjustments and dominated the rest of the way. They outscored the visitors, 11-3, and shutting Fairfield out in the third. 1:30 apart and Robinson notched a pair, Charlie Kitchen (3g,3a) brought it 8-8. Kitchen aided Robinson, Tye Kurtz (2g,3a), and another two from Robinson closed the third with the Blue Hens assuming charge, 12-8.
Beckwith ended the run at 13:27 but Delaware took a breath. They went right back it with Kitchen, Bieda, Kitchen again and Tye Kurtz getting his third of the season widened the gap, 16-9. Fairfield would close out with goals from Dean Ford (1g) at 1:19 followed quickly by a man-up score from Matt Chiastawa (1g). This would bring an end to the 16-11 Delaware victory.
Dis and Dat
Colin Consoli made 16 saves in the Fairfield nets with Matt Kilkeary turning away 13 for Delaware. Shots heavily favored Delaware, 54-39 with on-goal being a 32-24 edge for the Hens. Delaware had the edge in ground balls, 41-32, and face-offs, 17-13. Turnovers were pretty even with Delaware having 21 to the Stags 20. Frankie Labetti went 12 of 21 from the “x” for the Stags . Logan Premtaj was 12 of 16 with 11 wins in the second half for Delaware. Fightin’ Blue Hens pull-off comeback, 16-11.