April 5, 2014
Korey Hendrickson scored the game-winning man-up goal with 1:05 left, and Chris Selva turned away Conor Prunty's attempt at the equalizer in the finals seconds in Hofstra's 7-6 win over Siena Saturday night in Hempstead.
The loss spoiled a spectacular effort by red-shirt sophomore goalie Tommy Cordts who had 15 saves for the Saints (6-4).
The game was dead-tight throughout with neither team holding more than a one-goal lead at any point.
Nate Barry gave the Saints a 6-5 lead with two goals in the fourth quarter, but Hendrickson tied it with 7:36 to play, and then touched the net for a final time off a Sam Llinares feed with just over a minute left following a Siena penalty.
Siena won the final faceoff, but turned the ball over. Hofstra had a chance to put the game on ice, but failed to clear, setting up the frantic finish. Prunty got off a shot, but Selva had the answer, recording his 13th save at the most opportune time.
Prunty had scored the game's first goal just one minute and twenty seconds in, but Hofstra answered with two quick scores to take the lead. That's when the goalies took over. Neither team scored again for more than 15 minutes, when Richie Hurley tickled the nylon to tie the score early in the second quarter. Hurley found Jordan Barlow 35 seconds late to give Siena the lead back, but Hendrickson answered late in the half to tie the game 3-3 at intermission.
Hurley became just the 23rd player to eclipse the 100-point plateau Saturday night. He and Prunty each kept their consecutive-game scoring streaks alive (27), while Colin Clive saw his come to an end (25).
The two teams traded goals in the third quarter with Prunty and Mike Malave scoring 40 seconds apart, and that set the stage for the tantalizing finish.
The Saints fall to 2-15 all-time against teams ranked in the top-20 of the USILA Coaches' Poll.
Siena travels to face MAAC rival Detroit next Saturday, the second of five straight road games to end the season.