Drexel vs. Saint Joseph's
March 11, 2008
The Game Story:
Philadelphia, Pa.—Sophomore Colin Ambler had four goals and five assists as Drexel defeated Saint Joseph’s, 12-5. It was the fifth straight win for the 14th-ranked Dragons, who improved to 5-1 this season.

Drexel took control of the contest in the final minute of the first quarter. Leading 2-0, Drexel scored three goals in the final 33 seconds of the first quarter, including one with just one tick left on the clock to take a commanding 5-0 lead. Ambler scored the third goal, set up Ron Garling with seven seconds to play and then scored when Nick Kusturiss won the face-off clean and sent it in to Ambler to beat the clock for the fifth goal of the game.

Saint Joseph’s Tom Wengenosky put the Hawks on the board early in the second, but the Dragons answered with six straight goals and led 11-1 early in the third period. Ambler and Andrew Chapman each had two goals in that stretch. Kevin Stockel and L.C. Moerschel had the other Dragons goals.

The Hawks made the score respectable by scoring three goals in the fourth quarter, all of them coming on the man-up. Scott Cullinan had two of the goals and Chris O’Neill had the other.

Ambler, whose previous career high for points was five, sat out most of the fourth period as did most of Drexel’s first unit. Chapman had three goals for the Dragons, while Joe Wojciechowski picked up a pair of assists. Jon Van Houten and Garling each had a goal and an assist.

Once again, the Dragons got a solid performance in the cage by Bruce Bickford. The senior made 10 saves and allowed just two goals in just over 49 minutes of play. He has allowed just seven goals in his last 169 minutes of play and has lowered his goals against average to 5.56. Andy Blahut came in to replace Bickford and had four saves while allowing the three man-up goals. Erik Hotaling made 15 saves for the Hawks, who fell to 0-6 on the season.

The Dragons play their next three games on the road, beginning with Albany on Saturday afternoon.