Middletown, RI 02842
The early season tests of a front-loaded, demanding schedule seem to be bearing fruit for the 2018-2019 Dragons hockey team. Forged in fire and hardened to a resilience unrealized by previous teams, the SG boys have found their chemistry, picking up their third straight win on Wednesday afternoon, besting the visitors from Brooks by a score of 5-1. This was a complete team effort from start to finish, as SG dominated the Bishops in every facet of the contest. Michael DiMascolo opened the scoring early for SG, following some beautiful tic-tac-toe passing from freshman center Jack Almeida and freshman defenseman Ryan Buckley, wiring his patented wrist shot over the outstretched glove of the Brooks goaltender. DiMascolo tallied once more with less than one minute remaining in the opening stanza, as he walked untouched out of the goaltender, tucking the puck niftily inside of the post to give St. George’s a 2-0 lead (assists to B. Jenkinson and Jack Almeida). Brooks cut the lead in half midway through the second period, but a power play goal from Zane Cowans just minutes later gave the team some breathing room once more (assisted by B. Jenkinson). Senior forward Matt Tartaglio continued his strong play, notching his sixth goal of the year early in the third period (assisted by Shane Mulhern and Matt Kursonis), thus giving the Dragons a commanding 4-1 lead. Sophomore forward Shane Mulhern netted the fifth and final SG goal late in the third (assisted by B. Jenkinson and Jack Almeida). Senior co-captain John Jammers was a steady, physical presence on the SG blue line and fellow defenseman Dima Piskun confounded the Brooks forecheck all afternoon with shifty elusiveness and card dealing from the back end. Goaltender Gianni Rodriguez made 29 saves on 30 shots faced as he continues his strong run of late. SG looks to continue their winning ways as they take on another formidable ISL opponent, the Groton School in a Saturday afternoon matchup against the Zebras.
— Coach Jeff Dwyer