The Hobart hockey team rallied to defeat Neumann 4-1 tonight in an ECAC West game played at the Knights’ Ice Works Arena. Junior David Stevens, junior Harry Radovich and sophomore Tommy Fiorentino each logged a goal and an assist in the Statesmen’s victory.
Hobart improves to 11-9-1 and 2-5-1 in the ECAC West. Junior Marty Ausserhofer played all 60 minutes in goal for the Statesmen and finished with a career-high 35 saves. He improved his record to 10-5-1 in goal this season.
After a scoreless first period, the Knights (12-7-1, 2-6-1) struck first. Dave Gervais scored 8:51 into the second period to put Neumann up 1-0. Ryan Dreger and Andrew Love earned the assists. Just 1:26 later, senior Greg Ciciola tied up the game. Stevens and first-year Mike Malady set up the play. Ciciola leads Hobart with 10 goals this year.
With 1:53 left in the middle period and Hobart on the power play, Radovich blasted a shot that bounced off the end boards. Fiorentino was there to collect the rebound and tap the puck into the back of the net to put the Statesmen up 2-1. First-year Terrence O’Neill also earned an assist on the play. Fiorentino has recorded five goals this winter.
At 2:51 into the final period, Stevens put Hobart up 3-1. He capitalized on a breakaway after passes from junior Mike White and sophomore Keith Clarke. It was Stevens’ fourth goal this season. Radovich capped the victory with an empty net goal with 31 seconds left in the game. It was his first tally this season. First-year Ian Coleman and Fiorentino were credited with assists.
The Statesmen killed all five of Neumann’s power play attempts, and finished 1-for-3 on the power play. The Knights held a slight 36-34 advantage in shots. Matt Tendler played 58:44 in net for Neumann and made 30 saves.
Hobart will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 10, when the Statesmen host Elmira for an ECAC West game beginning at 7 p.m.