Men’s Ice Hockey Holds off Southern Maine, 6-4, in Penalty-Laden Contest
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Tim King (Weymouth, Mass.) netted a pair of goals and classmate Tucker Mullin (Andover, Mass.) handed out three assists to reach 100 career points as the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team earned a 6-4 victory against the University of Southern Maine on Friday evening at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.
The Hawks, who received a point from 10 different players, including six with multiple points, improve to 12-8-3 on the season and 8-7-2 in ECAC East play. The Huskies dip to 7-17-0, 4-13-0 ECAC East.
Mullin becomes the 22nd member of the Hawks' 100-point club in his 93rd career game.
Saint Anselm scored first just 4:07 into the contest when senior John Hyslip (Andover, Mass.) sent a quick shot past USM goaltender John Hillegas from the bottom of the left circle. Sophomore Joey Agliato (Hauppage, N.Y.) sent a pass along the back boards for Mullin, who delivered a quick feed to Hyslip from behind the net.
The Hawks doubled their lead over five minutes later as junior Greg Crovo (Melrose, Mass.) buried a loose rebound at the left doorstep off a shot by classmate Eric Czapka (Holland, Pa.). Agliato was also credited with an assist on Crovo's first goal of the year.
Quick puck movement by the top line gave the Hawks a 3-0 lead with 3:39 left in the opening period. Senior Mike Richard (Derry, N.H.) sent the puck from the left circle to the right circle for sophomore Liam McKillop (New York, N.Y.), who skated in toward the net and dished to King in front for the score.
Matt MacDonald's short-handed tally just 20 seconds into the second period put the Huskies on the board. Southern Maine would then slice its deficit to just one at the 5:17 mark of the third period when Zach Dymock beat junior goaltender Robert Kang (Glen Rock, N.J.) to make it 3-2. Daniel Mattsson and Jeremy Griffin assisted on the play.
King gave the Hawks some breathing room at 9:25 of the third after being set up by Richard and Mullin on the power play. Czapka then made it 5-2 at 11:52 when senior Evan Gogonis (Northboro, Mass.) drove toward the net and slipped a pass from the bottom of the right circle to the bottom of the left circle where Czapka collected the puck and wristed a shot over Hillegas' shoulder from a tight angle.
The Huskies mounted a comeback at 15:55 as Alex Pompeo picked up a short-handed goal on assists from Mattsson and MacDonald. USM then cut it to 5-4 with 2:51 to go on Troy Thibodeau's unassisted strike.
The Hawks sealed it on an empty netter by junior Joe Tebano (Glastonbury, Conn.) with 57 seconds remaining. Tebano worked the puck loose in the Hawks' zone and Mullin streaked down the right side to catch up with it at the bottom of the right circle. Mullin sent a pass across the crease for Tebano, who had raced down the ice with Mullin and stuffed the puck into the open cage.
Saint Anselm held a 31-20 advantage in shots, including 10-4 in the second stanza. The game featured 34 penalties and 143 penalty minutes, with Southern Maine accounting for 22 penalties and 103 minutes. Hillegas made 25 saves, including 10 in the middle period, while Kang stopped 16 shots.
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