Sunday, November 15, 2015

After Saturday's scare against the Vulcans, PSU knew they would have to play a lot better and get off to a much faster start, if they were to defeat a tough undefeated Saint Vincent squad.  They would face off against one of the premier goaltenders in the league in Shane Brudnok.  Nick Tamburi would continue his scoring streak early, deflecting a pass from Rupprecht over Brudnok's shoulder two minutes into the game.  Tamburi would net his second of the game from Rupprecht and Gricco.  Jeff Hagan would then score his first of the night on a beautiful pass across the crease from Defazio and Danese.  PSU would lead 3-1 at the end of the first, outshooting SVU 17-11. 

Matty Ice Littler would give the Lions a 4-1 lead 1:13 into the second period.  Saint Vincent would score their second of the game at 15:59.  Then Sean Dolan was checked from behind setting up the Lions on a five minute power play.  PSU would take advantage scoring twice on the power play.  Jeff Hagan would deflect a Matt Littler shot also assisted from Nick Danese.  With the Lions still with the man advatage, Nick Tamburi would get the hat-trick (Lassik, Littler).  Hagan would complete his hat-trick at 4:46 from Wilson and Dolan.  PSU would lead 7-2 after two periods, outshooting the Saint Vincent 39-17. 

PSU would tighten up defensively playing a dump and chase trap.  The Mike Pilla would get a gift from goaltender Brudnok playing the puck behind his net.  Brudnok would dangle around Pilla, but would give the puck away, as Pills shot it into an empty net.  Tamburi would get his fourth goal of the night from Gricco and Cassidy.  Gricco would finish of the scoring from Tamburi and Rupprecht giving the Lions a 10-2 victory outshooting SVU 52-25.

This was a statement game for us.  Our boys knew first place was on the line and we needed to send a message.  This was probably our most complete game of the season.  I am very proud of the teams effort this weekend.  Jeff Hagan and Nick Tamburi would share the MVP belt for some outstanding performances.  The Lions would improve to 8-2-1 and head to Philly for a three game tournament this weekend against SCCC, Shippensburg, and PSU Harrisburg.