MANCHESTER, N.H. – 13 different players recorded at least one point in the contest as the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team posted an 11-1 victory over Northeast-10 Conference rival Assumption College Wednesday evening at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena. With the victory, the Hawks improve to 3-3-1 overall on the season while collecting their first NE-10 Conference victory (1-0-1). The Ice Dogs, entering tonight's game as winners of three out of their last four games, fall to 5-5-1 overall and to 1-1-1 within the conference.
Saint Anselm forward Tim King (Weymouth, Mass.) scored two goals and three assists on the evening for five points (2-3=5), leading the team in that category. His first goal of the contest at 8:32 of the first period proved to be the game-winning goal. With Saint Anselm on the power play following a boarding penalty issued to Nick Mattiello, defenseman Alex Pascal fired a shot on net from the right point where it was tipped at the goal mouth by King for his first goal of the season.
Joey Agliato (Hauppage, N.Y.) scored his second goal of the season at 3:43 of the first period. Streaking up the right side boards, Agliato fired a shot at the top of the right face-off circle, beating Assumption goaltender Bobby Bowden for the first strike of the game for either side. Sean Jenkins (Boston, Mass.) recorded the assist on the play.
Pat O'Kane halved the Hawks advantage at 12:20 of the first period, scoring his sixth goal of the season to place Assumption on the scoreboard. On the power play, Kevin Glanzman fired a shot on goal from the top of the slot that was redirected near the left post by O'Kane for the score.
Jenkins added a goal at 14:02 of the first period, lifting the Hawks to a 3-1 lead. Following a scrum in the Assumption goal crease, the puck slipped away from the Ice Dogs goaltender and fell right onto the stick of the freshman defenseman, who lifted the puck over the sprawling Bowden for his third goal of the season.
Liam McKillop (New York, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal at 17:07 of the first period. Skating into the zone, Agliato fed the puck over to defenseman Steve Mollo (Saunderstown, R.I.) at the top of the right face-off circle. A powerful blast on goal was tipped by McKillop at the top of the goal crease, placing Saint Anselm ahead by a 4-1 margin.
Greg Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) closed out the first period in style, scoring at 20:00 of the opening stanza. From below the goal line, Tucker Mullin (Andover, Mass.) fed Merrill the puck at the bottom of the left face-off circle. He proceeded to fire the puck home at a tough angle for his third goal of the season and the Hawks fifth of the evening.
King's second goal of the game came only 44 seconds into the second period as the Hawks captured a 6-1 lead. An Evan Gogonis (Northboro, Mass.) shot attempt preceded King's goal off of the ensuing rebound off of new Assumption goaltender Nick Blanchette for Saint Anselm's sixth goal of the game.
Tyler Savage (Johns Creek, Ga.), trailing the play from the weak side, scored his first goal of the season by forcing home a Mullin wrap-around attempt near the left post to extend the Hawks lead to 7-1. Mullin would pot a goal of his own just over two minutes later, lifting a backhand shot on goal from the left face-off dot that would handcuff Blanchette and trickle over the goal line for Saint Anselm's eighth goal.
Ryan Holley (Bethany Beach, Del.) scored his second goal of the season at 18:10 of the second period for the Hawks ninth goal of the game. Skating toward the goal on a 2-on-1 breakout, Merrill backhanded a puck across the crease that was tipped home by Holley near the left post for the strike.
Mollo converted his second goal of the season at 14:41 of the third period, opening the scoring in the third period for both teams to place Saint Anselm ahead by a 10-1 margin. Mollo, skating from right to left along the blue line, sniped the puck within the left post to beat new Ice Dogs goaltender Steve DiDomenico, giving Saint Anselm double-digit goal totals for the first time this season.
Kody Grondin (Hampton, N.H.) scored his first collegiate goal at 15:10 of the third period to conclude the scoring for both sides. With the puck carried into the left wing corner by McKillop, Grondin maintained a net-front presence awaiting a pass from his fellow freshman. Receiving the puck between the hash marks, Grondin potted the first goal of his Saint Anselm career.
Hawks goaltender Robert Kang (Glen Rock, N.J.) collected his third victory of the season, turning aside 10-of-11 shots on goal in the contest. Corey Cotnoir (Bow, N.H.) began the third period in net, relieving Kang by turning aside all four shots on net that he faced. The Ice Dogs featured a goaltending triumvirate in the cage, as Bowden started the game and allowed five goals on 20 shots on net before yielding to Blanchette in the second stanza. Blanchette halted 20-of-24 shots on goal but departed at the start of the third period in favor of DiDomenico, who stopped 14-of-16 Saint Anselm shots.
The Hawks were 1-for-3 on the power play. The Ice Dogs were 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
NOTABLES: The Hawks have not lost to Assumption dating back to the 1984-85 hockey season…Including this defeat, Saint Anselm has only lost to Assumption one other time - the program's first ever game played on Dec. 6, 1969, falling by a 4-2 margin...Freshman forwards Liam McKillop and Kody Grondin scored their first collegiate goals in this evening's contest…The Hawks last double-digit victory came on Feb. 24, 2011 as they defeated the Skyhawks of Stonehill College by a 12-3 margin…Including tonight's game, the Hawks have posted double-digit goal totals against the Ice Dogs in three of their last six games against each other, including the 2010 Northeast-10 Championship game in which Saint Anselm scored 10 times…Goaltender Corey Cotnoir saw his first game action of the season in the third period, relieving starting goaltender Robert Kang…Forward Tim King recorded his first point of the season tonight and accumulated five (2-3=5) in total…Defensemen Ryan Holley and Evan Gogonis each posted a team-high plus-5 rating and combined for a goal and three assists between them…Saint Anselm fired a season-high 60 shots on goal in tonight's game…Forward Tyler Savage scored his first career short-handed goal this evening, tallying the Hawks first goal this season on the penalty kill.
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