Syracuse Downs the Dragons, Now Looks to Survive the Seawolves
By Ryan Nelson
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse Orange (2-7-1) will host their second straight series of the extended homestand as they take on the Stony Brook Seawolves (7-5-0) this weekend at the Tennity Ice Pavilion. All-time against the Seawolves, the Orange have not had much success with only 4 wins and 9 losses against them.
The first game of this series will be broadcast live by our very own Syracuse broadcast team on Friday, November 15, on our website. https://www.suhockey.com/about-26
During the last meeting between these two teams, there was plenty of pressure. The Orange defeated the Seawolves in the semi-finals 3-2, which propelled Syracuse to their eventual championship last season.
One of the Orange players who made his presence known to Stony Brook was then-alternate, now-captain, Peter-Owen Hayward. Hayward scored the game-tying goal with 13 seconds remaining to push the game to overtime, and the rest is history. The goalie for Syracuse in that game was now-backup Cal Stewart and his backup was now-starter Eric Parker.
Last weekend, Parker showed why Coach Connor Treacy chose him to man the pipes this season. The netminder made 79 saves in total over the course of the two games, good enough for a .919 save percentage. Parker has been a steadying rock for the young Orange team that looks to repeat the triumph that they had last season when they welcome Stony Brook.
Another reason for the Syracuse win last Saturday was their penalty kill. Over both games, the Drexel power play went 0 for 16. There is no typo there. The Orange successfully killed off all 16 of the Dragons powerplay opportunities.
Stony Brook, though, will be entering the game with vengeance on their mind. They are in the middle of a five-game losing streak, where in three of the games they allowed at least five goals to their opponents.
The Seawolves have cycled through three different goaltenders this season, each with varying degrees of success, but their main horse has been senior Richard Shipman. Because of his heavy workload, his 3.82 goals against average and .895 save percentage are not eye-popping numbers, but he has still led his team to five wins so far this season.
Offensively, Stony Brook has been nothing short of electric. They average almost four goals-per-game. They are led right-winger Dustin Rinaldo and his set-up man Joseph Slevin. They have combined for over 30 points so far in the young season in only 12 games played.
Syracuse hopes to start a hot-streak of their own and build off the impressive win over Drexel last weekend, while Stony Brook is looking to end their streak and return their team to playoff contention.
Fans can catch this game’s action live at the Tennity Ice Pavilion, or on our stream https://www.suhockey.com/about-26, on Friday, November 15.
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