Drury ice hockey skates to 4th win, scoring 3 unanswered at Mount Everett
SHEFFIELD — The Drury hockey team is heading into some uncharted waters, but it is doing so in a good way.
The Blue Devils beat Mount Everett 4-1 on Wednesday night in a Wright Division game. It improved the Blue Devils' mark to 4-2-2 overall. The four wins was what Drury had at the end of last season.
"It's three wins in a row, which is a good stretch for us. We haven't had that type of record for a couple of years now," Drury coach Kevin Ellingwood said.
The Blue Devils scored three unanswered goals after Everett's Max Joyner tied the game 1-1 on a late first-period tally. Toby Ellingwood's power-play goal at 9:41 of the second period broke the tie, and put Drury ahead for keeps.
"As a team, we're really working well together," Drury center Corbin Rumbolt said. "We kind of [put] our heads together and said we don't be a below .500 team, and I think we're doing it. We're putting our work in."
Rumbolt had a goal and two assists to lead the Blue Devils. Ellingwood had the game-winning goal and also picked up an assist.
Rumbolt had given Drury a 1-0 lead on a goal at 10:44 of the first period. It took the Eagles exactly 39 seconds to tie the game up when Kyle Benzie fed the puck to Max Joyner just outside of the blue line. Joyner's shot managed to elude Callander, and the game was tied. That's how the first period came to an end.
Three Mount Everett penalties in the second period gave the Blue Devils a chance to gather momentum. The Eagles killed off a roughing minor to Josh Hunter, and got a break in doing so. With time winding down on the penalty, Drury's Jason Delisle's slap shot from the right point was stopped by Eagle goalie Cole Duval. The officials lost sight of the puck before it came loose to Brian Czarnecki, who popped the puck into an open net. But since the whistle blew, there was no goal.
One minute later, Joyner was whistled for interference. Just over a minute after that, the Blue Devils struck as Rumbolt fed a puck to Ellingwood in the slot, and the Drury defenseman one-timed it past Duval with 44 seconds left on the power play.
"I went into the corner," Rumbolt said. "Coach has taught me a lot about going hard into the corner for pucks. I tried going in hard, I got to it, picked up my head and looked, and saw he was open.
"I had to get it to him, the best guy is the guy right in front of the net."
Evelyn Fulls and Mitch Andrews added third period goals for the Blue Devils, who outshot Everett 36-20 in the game, after being outshot 10-8 in the first period.
"We've been a little bit slow in the first period. It's taken us a little bit to get our feet underneath us," said the Drury coach. "The second and third periods have been our periods. We've outshot and outscored other teams by a significant margin in the third period.
"We've got to come out ready in the first period, but that was the momentum of this game as well."
Callander had be sharp early because Drury's Chase Vanderwoulde took a double minor for roughing just 5:47 into the first period. The Blue Devils killed off the penalty giving up only three shots on net. Callander was helped a little by a solid defensive play from defenseman Caleb Rondeau. Everett's Aidan Engel had an open look at the net from the high slot, but Rondeau stick-checked the puck away as Engel wound up for his shot.
"It was important that we needed to kill the four minutes," said Callander. "It was important that we didn't fall behind."
Not scoring with a four-minute man advantage was a tough pill for the Eagles to swallow.
"We had our opportunities," Eagles coach Aidan Gilligan said. "I think in the first minute and a half of that, we had four or five good looks. We just couldn't put it in the back of the net."
The Blue Devils have a chance to make it four straight, but have two tough road games coming up.
"We have no right to be confident because this is all new to us," the Drury coach said. "We're in the [Interstate] 91 valley coming up here against tough teams. We've got Greenfield and Belchertown in the next two games.
"Those guys are solid."
Drury 1 1 2 — 4
Everett 1 0 0 — 1
D — Corbin Rumbolt (Brian Czarnecki, Caleb Roundeau), 10:44. ME — Max Joyner (Kyle Benzie).
D — Toby Ellingwood (Rumbolt), 9:41.
D — Evelyn Fuls (Ellingwood), :48. D — Mitch Andrews (Rumbolt), 8:18.
Saves — D: Corey Callender 19. ME: Cole Duval 32.
Howard Herman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, at @howardherman on Twitter, or 413-496-6253.
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