Drexel vs. Binghamton
February 28, 2009
The Game Story:
Philadelphia, Pa. – Drexel broke open a close game with five straight goals late in the third quarter and defeated the Binghamton, 11-4. The Dragons turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and held the Bearcats to just one second half goal. The Dragons are now 1-2 on the season, while Binghamton fell to 0-3.

Drexel led 5-3 at halftime and the score remained that way until late in the third period. The Dragons rattled off five goals in the last 3:17 of the quarter and went on to the victory. Jon Van Houten started the run with an unassisted goal and just over a minute later, Scott Perri netted an unassisted goal to make it 7-3. In the final minute of the quarter, Drexel dominated the face-off circle which led to three goals. Colin Ambler set up the first two goals, one by Greg Casey and the other by Taylor Mansfield. Dana Wilber ended the run with just 12 seconds to play in the period to make it 10-3. Each team added a goal in the fourth quarter.

Binghamton got the early lead when Duncan Streeter scored with 9:14 to play in the first quarter. The lead lasted less than a minute as Kevin Dart tied it up with an unassisted goal. Dart wasted no time in getting the Dragons the lead when he found the back of the net again just 17 seconds later. Greg Casey set up the goal and Dart put it home from just in front of the cage. Three minutes later Casey put the Dragons up 3-1. The Bearcats answered with two goals from Brian Donahue in the final 3:13 of the quarter to make it a 3-3 game after a period. Drexel took the lead for good when Ambler set up Kevin Stockel in the early going of the second quarter. Ambler added his only goal of the game just a few minutes later to make it 5-3. That would be the last goal of the half as the Dragons went to the break ahead, 5-3.

Ambler led the offensive attack for Drexel with four assists and five points. Casey, Dart and Mansfield each finished with a pair of goals. The Dragons won 12 of the 19 face-offs. Ryan West had a big day, winning eight of his 11 face-off attempts. Matt McCormick had six ground balls. The Dragons won the face-off battle, 43-29.

Donahue led Binghamton with a pair of goals. Bearcat goalkeeper Larry Kline picked up 12 saves and six ground balls. Binghamton’s extra-man unit was held in check as Drexel killed off all five extra-man attempts. Drexel freshman keeper Mark Manos had nine saves in recording his first collegiate victory.

The Dragons are off until next Saturday when they visit St. John’s.