Hawks swoop down on Sacred Heart, 13-9. Buoyed by a big 3rd Quarter, The St. Joseph’s Hawks (2-3, 2-0 NEC) pulled off a nice NEC win over The Sacred Heart Pioneers (1-5, 0-2 NEC).
Tucker Almany stopped 14 shots in the Hawks nets and Zach Cole was his usual strong self and went 14 of 22 from the “X”. Levi Anderson (3g) and Tucker Brown (1g) gave the visiting Hawks a lead they would never surrender, 2-0. Drew Edwards (3g) cut the lead in half at the 3:01 mark before a wild final minute which revealed a game-tying marker from Logan Liljeberg (1g, 3a) with :24 to play. Matt Bohmer (3g,2a) put St.Joe’s back in front, 3-2 with all of :03 remaining.
Bohmer’s tally seemed to ignite the Hawks. SJU promptly got scores from Anderson, Bohmer, Ryan Doran setting up Matt Tufano (2g) on the man up. Tufano with his second just :12 later and the Hawks were soaring, 7-2.
Sacred Heart had something to say about that chain of events. Alex Weiss (1g) getting his own man-advantage goal followed by Liljeberg assisting on another Drew Edwards net bender and we had a battle at 7-4. Ryan Doran (3g,1a) and Sal Miccio (1g,1a) exchanged markers with Anderson notching another last-minute goal for the Hawks to close the half at a 9-5 lead for the visiting Hawks.
In this quarter, it was the Pioneers who came out hot. Trevor Johnson (2g) followed by a Max Leonetti (1g) goal that got it back to a two-goal match. Undaunted, the Hawks came right back courtesy of Ryan Doran (3g,1a), Shayne Fable feeding Bohmer, and Doran ending the third with The Hawks in control, 12-7.
To start the final stanza the Bohmer-Fable duo struck again. This time it was Matt Bohmer setting up Fable (1g,1a). Trevor Johnson and Drew Edwards closed the scoring on the impressive St. Joe’s road victory.
“Sacred Heart gave us everything we could handle,” said head coach Taylor Wray following the victory. “They are a tough and gritty team, and to travel up there in a day and come away with a win is no easy task. Overall, I was pleased with how our team played. There are still little mistakes that we need to clean up all over the field, but today was definitely a step forward for us.”
Inside the Game
Shots were even at 42. A big difference was the extra-man situation. The Hawks going 1 for 4 and holding Sacred Heart to a dismal 1 for 7. Hawks swoop down on Sacred Heart in an impressive victory, 13-9.