Daniels’ Return Sparks Men’s Hockey to 4-1 Win Against NEC

MANCHESTER, N.H.Johnny Daniels (Andover, Mass.) scored three points and Tucker Mullin (Andover, Mass.) added two as the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team was victorious over New England College on Saturday evening, 4-1, at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.

With the win, the Hawks improve to 5-2-1 and 4-2-1 in the ECAC Men's East Conference, while the Pilgrims drop to 4-3-1 and 3-3-1 in league play.

Daniels registered three points on two goals and an assist in his return to the ice after missing the previous five games due to injury. Mullin's tallies came on an assist on the first goal of the game and the Hawks' final goal of the contest.

Saint Anselm was first to strike at 12:08 of the first period on a power play when Joe Tebano (Glastonbury, Conn.) sent a pass along the crease to Daniels, who beat NEC goaltender Shawn Sirman. Mullin also picked up a helper on the play.

With two additional unsuccessful power play opportunities at the close of the first stanza, the Hawks skated into the intermission 1-3 on extra skater chances.

The Hawks staked claim on a 2-0 lead at 12:19 of the second frame when Daniels stole the puck at the blue line, skated into the Saint Anselm zone and fed Tim King (Weymouth, Mass.) a pass which he one-time into the back of the net through the open right side.

The deficit reached three as Daniels struck again for the Hawks when he sent a shot on net that ricocheted off Sirman's pads and into the goal.

Saint Anselm reached their greatest lead of the night at 10:29 of the final stanza when Alex Pascal (Blue Bell, Pa.) fired a shot from the point that Tebano deflected into Sirman's pads. Mullin picked up the rebound and shoveled it into the open net for his first power-play goal of the season.

New England College's Jonathan Boxii netted the Pilgrims' only goal of the game at 18:01 as he sent a low wrister from the slot that beat Saint Anselm netminder Nick Dries (Commerce Township, Mich.) five-hole.

Dries made 22 saves, earning his third straight win, while Sirman stopped 21 of 25 shots.

The Hawks held a 25-23 advantage in shots, including 13-3 in the first period. NEC was 1-8 with the extra skater, while Saint Anselm was 2-6 on the power play.

The Hawks return to action Tuesday, Dec. 4 when play host to the Ravens of Franklin Pierce in a 4 p.m. puck-drop at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks) and following us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks).