March 18, 2014

McArdle OT Winner Leads St. John's Over Hofstra

from press release

JAMAICA, N.Y. - Hofstra junior Mike Malave tallied three goals and added two assists but Red Storm senior Kieran McArdle scored his sixth goal of the game 1:36 into the first overtime to give St. John’s an 11-10 victory over the Pride at DaSilva Memorial Field Tuesday afternoon.

The Red Storm posted their second consecutive victory to improve to 4-3 on the season while Hofstra saw its four-game winning streak snapped and is now 4-3 on the year.

Malave, who equaled his career-high with three goals and posted a career-best five points with his two assists, tied the game at 10-10 with his third of the contest and eighth of the season with 3:31 to play in regulation. Senior Drew Coholan scored a career-high three goals while classmate Lance Yapor added two goals. Junior Chris Selva recorded 12 saves, including two in overtime, for the Pride.

McArdle, who became St. John’s all-time career points leader with his career-high tying six goals and two assists, beat Selva from a sharp angle from the left side of the goalie for the game-winner. McArdle, who now has 122 goals and 100 assists in his career, passed Mike Bolger’s previous mark of 219 points. Colin Keegan, who gave the Red Storm a 10-9 lead with a man-up goal early in the fourth quarter, tallied two goals and one assist in the game. Connor Mullen added one goal and one assist for St. John’s. Red Storm goalie Joe Danaher recorded 14 saves for his fourth win of the season.

An offensive explosion in the first 30 minutes didn’t decide a thing as the two teams split the first 14 goals on the way to a 7-7 halftime score. Hofstra opened up the biggest lead of the half at 6-3 after the Pride scored three unanswered goals capped by Coholan’s second of the game and eighth of the year at the 9:38 mark of the second quarter.

But the Red Storm scored four of the next five goals, including three by McArdle, to tie the game at 7-7 on the senior sniper’s fifth goal of the game with 31 seconds to play in the half. St. John’s added their third and fourth unanswered goal in the third quarter as Stefan Diachenko and Mullen scored 44 seconds apart to give the Red Storm a 9-7 advantage with 10:14 to play in the third.

But Hofstra sophomore defenseman Finn Sullivan scored his first collegiate goal off the ensuing face-off seven seconds later and Coholan got his third of the game, from Malave, just a minute after that to tie the contest at 9-9. Keegan gave St. John’s a 10-9 lead on a man-up goal 1:49 into the fourth before Malave sent it into overtime off a pass from Korey Hendrickson. McArdle’s game-winner came while Hofstra was a man-down on a cross-checking penalty.

Hofstra outshot the Red Storm, 46-35 while St. John’s picked up 32 ground balls to the Pride’s 30. Freshman Kris Clarke won 15 of 24 face-offs for Hofstra. But the Red Storm converted three of five man-up opportunities while the Pride converted one of four.

Hofstra returns to action on Saturday, March 22 when the Pride travel to Philadelphia for a CAA game at Drexel University. Game time for the Heroes Bowl, to benefit the HEADStrong Foundation, is 4 p.m.

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