HARRISVILLE, R.I. - The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team tied nationally-regarded Nichols College, 4-4, on Saturday at Levy Rink to cap its first-semester slate. The Bison are receiving votes toward the latest U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) Division III national poll after qualifying for the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
- Saint Michael's (3-7-2), Nichols (6-4-1)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Senior Nic Hermary (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Melfort Mustangs), 2 goals
- Sophomore Ethan Hendrickson (Budd Lake, N.J./New Jersey Rockets), 1 goal, 3 blocked shots
- Sophomore Zach Sullivan (Weymouth, Mass./Walpole Express), 1 goal
- Senior Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School), 1 assist, 19-for-30 faceoffs
- Junior Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School), 26 saves
- Sophomore Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Junior Rangers), 1 assist, 3 blocked shots
- Sophomore Tyler Dorval (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool), +2, 1 blocked shot
- Sophomore Filip Virgili, 3 goals
- Sophomore Nate Foster, 1 goal
- Junior Vincent Crivello, 2 assists
- Sophomore Matt Efros, 15 saves in 28:53
- Sophomore Henry Burns, 12 saves in 35:46 of relief
- Saint Michael's played its final contest of the 2018 calendar year.
- The Purple Knights led by multiple goals at various times during the game. Nichols had not trailed at home by two goals since a 4-0 loss to eventual Division III national runner-up Salve Regina University last Feb. 9.
- Saint Michael's is 2-0-1 in its last three games, having gone to overtime twice in that time, and four times in the past 10 contests.
- The visitors held advantages in shots (31-30) and narrowly trailed in faceoffs (36-31).
- Nichols is receiving votes toward the latest U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) Division III national poll.
- The Bison won last year's Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament before qualifying for the NCAA Division III Tournament.
- Three of Nichols' past four opponents had been teams ranked among the top eight in Division III.
- Saint Michael's is 4-2-1 in the all-time series, playing for the first time since Jan. 2, 2009, and having visited Nichols most recently on Jan. 23, 2001.
- Hermary registered his third consecutive two-goal game, becoming the first Purple Knight to turn the feat since Justin Quenneville '04 between Dec. 8 and 29, 2001. Quenneville had seven goals in that stretch.
- The Purple Knights scored twice in the opening period, with Sullivan netting the go-ahead marker at 10:15 after forcing a takeaway in the right circle and shooting from the bottom edge of the circle into the left side.
- Nichols had a goal waved off with a little more than three minutes remaining due to a penalty being called against the hosts on the play.
- On the ensuing power play, Hermary doubled the lead. Sophomore Paul McAuliffe (Newton, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) took a pass at the blue line, skated through the left circle on his back hand and switched out front to his forehand before sending the puck toward the close side of the net, and Hermary knocked it in at 18:11.
- Virgili scored his first goal of the evening at 4:52 of the second period, poking in a rebound after Decker saved an initial shot.
- Saint Michael's got that goal back just 3:01 later, kicking off a stretch of two goals 3:49 apart. After sophomore Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School) won a faceoff to Narby in his own left circle, Narby sent a long breakout pass from behind the goal line into the Nichols zone, where Hendrickson caught up, took one touch and fired from the mid-slot at 4:54.
- D'Antuono later drew a faceoff in the Nichols left circle over to Hermary, who one-timed a shot through Efros's five-hole with 8:43 gone to make it 4-1.
- Virgili tallied again for the Bison at 18:57, one-timing home a shot from the slot off of Crivello's behind-the-net pass during a power play.
- Foster cut the deficit to one with a shorthanded marker 21 seconds into the third period, beating a Purple Knight to a loose puck in the right circle and going to Decker's glove side.
- Virgili completed his hat trick on a power play at 11:48 on a fluke play, as senior Ian Spencer's shot from the blue line bounced off of the glass and back down toward the net, and Virgili knocked the loose puck in at the right post.
- Both teams sent three shots on goal in overtime, including D'Antuono having a chance out front denied right off the opening faceoff. Sophomore Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers) had a bid from the left circle turned away by a Burns glove save around the midway point.
- Shortly thereafter, Decker denied senior Ben Campbell's shot from the point through traffic directly off of a faceoff.
- Hermary's shot from the neutral zone in the waning seconds was knocked away by Burns' right pad.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Jan. 4 at Castleton University, 7 p.m.