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Patterson nets game-winner to lift Hobart over St. Bonaventure

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  • Kyle Evans 

Hobart first-year Chris Patterson scored with 6:17 remaining to give the Statesmen an 11-10 lead at St. Bonaventure and the Hobart defense made the advantage stand up. Patterson was one of three Statesmen with a hat trick in the game.
With 26 goals on the season, Patterson is the first Hobart first-year to lead the team in scoring since 2005 when Daryl Veltman ’08 paced the team. Senior Anthony Dattellas produced a game-high four points on three goals and an assist. He led the Statesmen in assists and points this season with 16 helpers and 38 points. Senior Chad Bach also scored three times for Hobart. Graduate student Troy Barthelme and senior Sam Ward each added a goal.
Graduate student faceoff specialist Adam Shea dominated the faceoff X in his final game. He won 17-of-24 and corralled a game-high 13 ground balls. He finished the season with 95 ground balls, seventh on Hobart’s Division I era single season list. For his career, Shea posted 413 ground balls, more than any player in program history. He also won 652-of-1,167 career faceoffs. He owns the program record for faceoffs won and faceoffs taken. In fact, Shea is the only player to take more than 1,100 faceoffs.
On the defensive end of the field, sophomore Elhanan Wilson (5) and Jack Faiola (4) combined for nine saves. Senior defenseman Josh Duby, junior defenseman Nolan Firth and first-year Brady Comella each recorded two caused turnovers.
Conor Murphy (1-2) and Patrick Shanahan (2-1) paced the Bonnies with three points each. Goalie Cristofero Cucciuffo made 15 saves to keep the home team in the contest.
SBU jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but Hobart answered with a 3-1 run of its own to tie the game at 4. The Bonnies carried a 5-4 lead in the second quarter. The Statesmen got a pair of second-quarter goals from Dattellas and one from Patterson to knot the contest at seven by halftime.
St. Bonaventure eased back in front with the first goal of the second half, but Hobart strung together three straight goals (Patterson, Bach, Ward) to build its biggest lead of the game, 10-8. The Bonnies tallied back-to-back to forge the seventh and final tie of the afternoon.
Patterson gave Hobart the lead and the defense did the rest, with a little bit of luck. Faiola made a save with about a minute left and the Bonnies hit the post twice in the final two minutes.
Hobart finished the season with a 4-9 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the Atlantic 10.