MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Tyler Savage (Johns Creek, Ga.) tallied three points on a goal and two assists and classmate Tim King (Weymouth, Mass.) added a pair of assists as the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team posted a 6-3 victory over the University of New England on Saturday afternoon at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena on Senior Day.
With the win, the Hawks grab their second straight and improve to 13-8-3 overall and 9-7-2 in the ECAC East, while the Nor'easters will drop to 6-16-2 overall for the 2012-13 season and 4-13-1 in the league.
Less than five minutes into the game Saint Anselm jumped out to a 1-0 lead when junior Greg Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) sent a pass from the point to sophomore Liam McKillop (New York, N.Y.), standing at the right post. McKillop received the pass and one-timed the puck past UNE goaltender Colby Drost.
The Nor'easters netted the equalizer, however, just under three minutes later at the 7:29 mark of the opening period. The puck was tipped to Adam Laite off the faceoff and sent to Ryan Quinn in the left circle, who sent a blast past Saint Anselm junior goalie Nick Dries (Commerce Township, Mich.).
The Hawks took back the lead with just a minute left to play in the period when sophomore Sean Jenkins (Boston, Mass.) picked up a rebound off Drost's pads and backhanded the puck into the net. Savage and senior Eric Czapka (Holland, Pa.) were each credited with assists on the play.
Saint Anselm increased its lead to two at 5:41 of the final period when senior Mike Richard (Derry, N.H.) ripped the puck past Drost on a pass through the right circle from senior Evan Gogonis (Northboro, Mass.). King picked up his second assist of the day on the play.
The Hawks gained their greatest lead of the day, at 4-1, when senior John Hyslip (Andover, Mass.) picked up a McKillop rebound and buried it home for the score.
The Nor'easters had the answer just over a minute later when Jared Melman skated through the slot pulling Dries to the right side. He then passed the puck from right to left finding Adam Laite who sent the puck to the back of the net.
UNE scored another goal – for its first back-to-back scoring performance of the night – at 18:03 when Laite fed a centering pass to Melman, who put the Nor'easters within one at 4-3.
Savage scored his tally 14 seconds later when he picked up a Czapka rebound and chucked it into the left side past a tied-up Drost.
The Hawks iced the game when Gogonis picked up a Savage pass and slapped the puck down ice from the red line as it traveled to the back of the empty net.
Dries made 24 saves, while Drost stopped 26 of 32 shots. Saint Anselm held a 32-27 edge in shots on goal.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. when they play host to the NE-10 rival Stonehill College at 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).