March 5, 2011

Siena Hangs On, Edges Hartford 10-9

from press release

Siena never trailed in its 2011 home opener and held on late to defeat Hartford 10-9 Saturday afternoon at Siena Turf Field. Danny Martinsen and Chris Roth each netted hat tricks for the Saints, while Tom Morr shut down the Hawks, making a career-high 17 saves.

Hartford (1-2) out-shot the Saints (2-2) 48-26, but Siena hung tough late to preserve the win. Morr made four of his five fourth period saves over the final three minutes, while Martinsen's goal with 3:59 remaining provided some breathing room.

The Saints jumped out to a 3-0 lead just over six minutes into the game, before Hartford rallied. The Hawks would close to within a goal four different times but could never crack the Saints defense to tie things up or go on top.

Siena maintained a three-goal lead at 7-4 heading into the fourth before Hartford made one final push. But with the score 9-8 late, Martinsen came around the cage, caught a pass and fired an underhand shot low that found the back of the net for the decisive tally.

Bryan Neufeld contributed a goal and an assist for Siena, running the nation's longest active scoring streak to 39 games.

John Rogener and Kyle Curry added three points for the Saints with a goal and two assists apiece. Curry added three groundballs.

Hartford received seven of its nine goals from reserves, with Martin Bowes, Jared Franze and Tate Klidonas each scoring twice.

The Saints return to action Tuesday when they face-off with Wagner at 2 p.m. at Siena Turf Field.

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