March 15, 2014

McIntosh Nets Hat Trick as Drexel Downs the Mount

from Press Release

Emmitsburg, Md. – Drexel scored five first quarter goals and never looked back on its way to a 9-6 win at Mount St. Mary's on Saturday. Ben McIntosh had a hat trick as the 20th-ranked Dragons improved to 4-3 this season.

The Dragons had goals from five different players in the first quarter and led 5-0. Jared Boudreau opened the scoring at the 11:33 mark on the man-up. Ryan Belka followed when Cole Shafer set him up to give the Dragons a two-goal lead. Drexel increased the lead to three right off the face-off as Markel Nelson scored in transition for his first collegiate score. Jules Raucci and Ben McIntosh each found the net as the Dragons led by five after a quarter and held the Mount (0-7) scoreless in the first. McIntosh's goal, which came on the man-up, gave him 100 points in his career.

The Mount was finally able to get on the board with 10:47 left in the second quarter. Mike Ripa fed Bubba Johnson, who beat Drexel's Will Gabrielsen. Johnson scored again four minutes later to trim Drexel's lead to 5-2. The Dragons countered less than a minute later when McIntosh scored his second of the day, making it 6-2, which would be the score at halftime.

In the third, Boudreau and Trizano each scored to give the Dragons a six-goal lead. Ripa was able to answer with 8:01 remaining in the third to cut the lead to five. The teams traded goals to close out the period. McIntosh picked up his third of the game for the Dragons, while Ripa netted his second.

The Mount tried to make it a game in the fourth quarter. Gabrielsen picked up an unsportsmanlike penalty, and Mount St. Mary's converted on the man-up with Cal Winkelman in the cage for Drexel. Robert Jones scored to cut it to 9-5 with plenty of time left in the game (11:48). Neither team was able to score over the next nine minutes, but the Mount capitalized on a Drexel turnover and Matt Yates beat Gabrielsen to make it a three-goal game with just under three minutes remaining. That proved to be the last goal of the contest.

Mount St. Mary's outshot Drexel, 41-36, including 13-6 in the fourth quarter. The Dragons committed five turnovers in the final period, which allowed the Mount to cut away at the deficit. Drexel had 18 turnovers in the game. Gabrielsen made nine saves in recording the win in the cage for the Dragons.

Nick Saputo, in what has been a regular occurrence, dominated on face-offs once again. The junior won 15 of the 19 face-offs in the game and had 13 of the team's 29 ground balls.

The Dragons open Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday at Vidas Field against Hofstra. Face-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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