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Falcons Dethrone King’s, 5-2, Behind Stellar Second Period

Photo Credit: Kayla Gosselin
Photo Credit: Kayla Gosselin

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Albertus Magnus College men's ice hockey team scored four times in the second period to defeat King's College (Pa.) by a 5-2 final score on Saturday afternoon at the Ralph Walker Skating Rink. The Falcons, who have won three out of their last four, had five different players tally a goal tonight.

FINAL: Albertus Magnus 5 | King's (Pa.) 2
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (3-11-2) | King's (Pa.) (2-11-0)

The first period featured a pair of power-play goals, one by each team. The Monarchs kicked off the action by netting a goal at the 15:33 mark of the period off the stick of Tyler O'Mara. O'Mara streaked down the left side of the ice and beat the Albertus goalie to the top-right corner.

Cameron Weitzman (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) answered for the Falcons with just 50 seconds remaining in the period to tie the score at 1-1. On the extra man, Weitzman was able to sneak the puck past the goalie on his glove side with a little help from a screening Dino Antoniadis (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) in front of the cage. Jack Hannan (Kent, Conn.) and Alexander Lazier (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) both earned assists on the play.

Tied 1-1 after the first period, the game swung right in the Falcons' favor to start the second, as the team scored three times in the first 2:10 of the frame. Lazier kicked off the high-scoring period, taking advantage of a lose puck in the center of the zone to put Albertus ahead 2-1 just 22 seconds into the period.

Hannan was next to join the scoresheet just over 30 seconds later, beating the goaltender high to his glove side on a breakaway. Matthew Capisciolto (Russell, Ontario) capped off the frenetic two-minute stretch by scoring on a back-handed shot from the left side of the zone.

Despite another power-play goal by King's at the 3:37 mark of the second period, the Falcons added one more score in the final three minutes of the frame to seal a three-goal victory. Michael Forgione (New Vernon, N.J.) netted his first collegiate goal at the 17-minute mark on another breakaway, as Charles Risk (Medicine Hat, Alberta) fed him an open pass that he buried into the net.

Neither team scored in a quiet third period to secure the 5-2 final. Pierce Diamond (Edmonton, Alberta) picked up his third win of the season in a complete-game effort with 25 saves. Diamond has backstopped the Falcons to all three of their wins this season, allowing just two goals in each.

Albertus - Pierce Diamond (L, 3-11-2): Shots on Goal 27 | Goals-Against 2 | Saves 25
King's (Pa.) - Brandon Daigle (L, 1-5-0): Shots on Goal 38 | Goal-Against 5 | Saves 33

• For the second night in a row, the Falcons outshot the Monarchs, owning a 38-27 advantage today.
• Albertus went 1-for-3 on the power-play, while posting a 2-for-4 mark on the penalty kill.
• The Falcons were called for four penalties for eight minutes in the box, while King's took three infractions for six minutes.
• Eight different Albertus skaters tallied a point today, with four multi-point scorers.
• Weitzman and Coleton Cianci (Kirkland, Quebec) led the Falcons with six shots each.
• In total, 15 Albertus players registered a shot.

• Albertus improves to 2-6-1 at home on the year.
• The Falcons and Monarchs split their season series.
• Albertus tied a season-high with five goals.
• The Falcons have allowed two goals in all three of their wins this season.
• Forgione logged his first-career point, goal and assist in today's game.
• Hannan and Zacharia Ouladelhadjahmed (Harveys Lake, Pa.) both tallied their first-career assists.
• Weitzman improved his team lead in points to 11 (6G, 5A).
• Lazier is not far behind with 10 points (4G, 6A).

Albertus men's ice hockey returns to road action on Tuesday, Jan. 14, when it heads to Rye, N.Y. to play Manhattanville College at 7 p.m.


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