Saint Joseph's vs. Drexel
March 8, 2006
The Game Story:
Philadelphia - Mike Filippone scored the game-winning goal with 1:53 to play in the game as Drexel held off a second-half Saint Joseph's comeback bid to down the Hawks, 7-6. Filippone fired a shot past Hawks' goalkeeper Erik Hotaling to give the Dragons (3-1) their third-straight win. Saint Joseph's (0-5) had a chance to tie in the closing seconds, but the Dragons' Bruce Bickford made a save on Keegan Wilkinson with just less than 10 seconds left and after regaining possession, SJU's Steve Varga's long attempt from a tough angle hit the far post and bounded away.

The Dragons controlled the first half, but the Hawks started chipping away at the lead midway through the third period. Varga and Steve O'Brien each found the net to make it 4-3 with 5:57 left in the third. Drexel's Jesse Rumble scored his seventh goal of the year late in the period as the Dragons held a 5-3 lead with 15 minutes to play.

After a back and forth first six minutes of the final quarter, the Hawks struck when Wilkinson scored his second goals of the game. Andrew Four scored just over two minutes later to tie the game at five.

Drexel got the lead back when Jeff Pfeffer rifled a shot into the back of the net on a man-up situation with 3:16 to go. Wilkinson was called for a cross-check on Matt Musci, who made the Hawks pay when he set up Pfeffer's goal. The Hawks stormed right back and tied it when Varga scored with 2:33 left.

Saint Joseph's opened the scoring at the 10:29 mark of the first period when Wilkinson scored and unassisted goal. The Hawks' only lead of the game was short lived as Musci scored the first of four-straight goals for the Dragons just 38 seconds later. Chris O'Connor, Musci and Yonei Cohen had the other three goals during the stretch as the Dragons led at halftime, 4-1.

Drexel's Bickford and Saint Joseph's Hotalling each made 13 saves in the cage. Drexel outshot the Hawks for the game, 39-37, but Saint Joseph's outshot the Dragons in the fourth quarter, 12-6. Filippone won 10 of his 14 face-offs for Drexel, while Adam Crystal picked up nine ground balls. The All-America candidate has 19 ground balls in his last two games.

The Dragons are back in action on Saturday with a road contest at St. John's.