Men’s hockey looking to maintain momentum against Assumption in NE10 semis

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Central NE10 Hockey Championship

Seoane is looking to build on his momentum on Tuesday in Assumption (Photo courtesy of Saylor Murphy).

EASTON, Mass. (February 28, 2022)- Following their big win against number two seed Saint Anslem, Stonehill College men’s hockey team are looking to keep their game strong heading into the semi-finals of the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs. The team will continue their defense of the NE10 title when they travel to Assumption University on Tuesday March at the Worcester Ice Center.

Admission to NE10 tournament matches will be $5.00, with students from NE10 institutions gaining admission free with proper ID. Coverage NE10 NOW with Chris Lynch Calling the action is available via portal.stretchinternet.com/stonehill/ with links to live play and stats at stonehillskyhawks.com. In addition to watching online, NE10 NOW viewers will also be able to watch the action live on their TV via Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.

The Skyhawks reached the NE10 semi-finals after defeating heavily favored Saint Anslem in a 5-4 overtime thriller on Saturday night. In a match that saw three lead changes and two draws, mike seoane scored the winner of extra time for the purples and whites. Saturday’s game marked the sixth time this season that Stonehill had scored five or more goals. Stonehill’s five goals also all came from different skaters (Tim Grable, Kyle Heath, ryan king, Max Pineo, and Seoane). Assumption reached the semifinals in a thrilling game against the sixth-seeded Franklin Pierce Ravens. The Greyhounds went 3-0 early in the game with the Ravens responding with two power play goals and sending the game into overtime. With just 10:49 to go, the Hounds found the winner with a Robert Holyoke goal.

Heading into Tuesday’s game, Stonehill will once again look to their usual top scorers, John Peloso (13 goals), and Brendan Nehmer (12), however, Seoane will also be another skater to watch for offensive firepower. Seoane now has ten goals this year and has scored in four of his last five games, including a two-goal performance against Assumption University (February 21). Seoane’s ten goals put him third in the team, while also ranking in the top five for other team categories such as assists (fourth) and points -20 (third). When it comes to conference standings, Seoane ranks in the top 20 in goals (11th) and is tied for 21st in assists. For his three games against Assumption, Seoane performed well as he scored twice in two of the three clashes and also provided an assist as Stonehill finished 1-2 against the Greyhounds.

Page will be wanted to help pace the Skyhawks’ offense against Assumption (Photo courtesy of Saylor Murphy).

Senior team captain Charles Page is also seen as key to helping drive Stonehill’s attack forward as the striker set a new career high for assists (12) which currently leads the team. Page was a key factor in Saturday’s victory by assisting on Seoane’s game-winning goal. Besides being one of the team’s best entertainers, he also added six goals during the regular season. Page had a career game when he scored twice against Johnson and Wales on December 3, then earlier in the year equaled his career high in a single assist when he distributed two at L’Assomption on November 5. Every year of his career, Page has scored five or more goals and provided five or more assists. For his three games against the Assumption, Page distributed two assists in two of the three confrontations. As far as the conference goes, Page is ranked in the top 15 in assists (13th).

Goalkeeper jeans day, two-time NE10 Goalkeeper of the Week, enjoyed another solid game against Saint Anslem on Saturday. In the win, Day stopped 35 shots (the seventh time this season he has made over 30 saves) and posted an .897 save percentage. Coming into Tuesday’s game with Assumption, Day has played Assumption in two of their three games. In his two games against the Greyhounds, Day made 58 saves (averaged 29 saves) and allowed an average of 4.5 goals in those matchups. Overall for the year, Day made 443 saves, a .904 save percentage and a 3.42 goals-against average. In conference terms, Day is a top ten goaltender in several categories such as saves (sixth), save percentage (sixth), and goals-against average (seventh).

The Assomption offensive is led by the scorer with 14 goals, Devan Smith. In Assumption’s overtime victory, Smith assisted the Greyhound’s game-winning goal by giving him 10 assists this season. In his three games against Stonehill this year, Smith has scored in every game while providing an assist. Smith leads or is in the top three in many Assumption categories such as goals (first), assists -10 (third), points -24 (third) and shots -90 (third). In terms of conference standings, Smith is third in goals, 21st in assists, eighth in points and eighth in points.

Between the pipes for the Greyhounds is the goalie, David Altman who is also a NE10 Goalie of the Week. In Saturday’s game against Franklin Pierce, he finished the game with 28 saves and a .903 save percentage. Altman has played in two of three meetings against Stonehill this year and has made 38 saves (19 saves average) and allowed five goals (2.50 average). For the year, Altman had 564 saves, a .913 save percentage and a 2.92 goals-against average. Regarding his ranking in the NE10, Altman is ranked in the top ten in several categories such as saves (third), goals-against average (fourth), and save percentage (third).

The winner of tomorrow night’s semi-final will advance to Saturday’s NE10 Championship to face the winner of Tuesday’s game between No. 1 University of Southern New Hampshire (16-7-0, 14-4-0 NE10) and No. 4 University Post (10 -14-1, 7-9-1 NE10) held in Manchester, NH

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NE10 ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP

First round – Saturday February 26:
Game #1: #7 Stonehill 5, #2 Saint Anselm 4 (OT)
Game #2: #3 Assumption 4, #6 Franklin Pierce 3 (OT)
Game #3: #4 Post 3, #5 Saint Michael’s 1

Semi-finals – Tuesday March 1 (at the highest remaining seeds):
Game #4: Post #4 at #1 in Southern New Hampshire – 7:40 p.m.
Game #5: #7 Stonehill to #3 Assumption – 7pm

Championship – Saturday March 5 (to highest remaining seed):
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner (to highest remaining seed)

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