MANCHESTER, N.H. – Mike Ferraro scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in the decisive second period to help the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team top Bryn Athyn College, 4-2, in its season opener on Friday evening at Sullivan Arena.
Playing in its first game as an NCAA program, Bryn Athyn (0-1-0) led 1-0 in the first period and 2-1 midway through the second period, but Saint Anselm (1-0-0) scored the game's final three goals to secure the win in head coach Jim Tortorella's debut. After assisting on Matt Chisholm's tying goal at 10:04 of the second, Ferraro scored unassisted at 14:56 for the eventual game-winning goal.
Freshman John Femia joined classmate Chisholm in scoring on his collegiate debut for Saint Anselm, which also got an empty-net goal from Jeremy Carignan with five seconds to go. Brenden Cain picked up his first-career victory by stopping 20-of-22 shots for the Hawks.
Anthony Notorfrancesco scored the first goal for Bryn Athyn as a member of the NCAA at 9:17 of the first period with the Lions on the power play. Saint Anselm replied a little over four minutes later on as Femia and classmate Alec Andreucci connected. After the Hawks dug the puck out of the corner, Andreucci got the puck to Femia in the middle of the ice on a 2-on-1. Femia skated into the offensive zone and beat netminder McKenzie Chalmers on the glove side.
In the second, the Lions claimed their second one-goal lead of the game as Tanner Congdon and Alex Doyle set up Julion Lever at 8:39. Less than a minute and a half later, Chisholm scored from the middle of the left circle off a feed from Ferraro for a power-play goal at 10:04 as the Hawks tied the game again.
Ferraro netted the winner with a little over five minutes left in the second, forcing a turnover as the Lions tried to clear the puck, leaving the sophomore in on a one-on-one with Chalmers. Closing in on goal, Ferraro shifted the puck from his backhand to his forehead to beat Chalmers, who had 24 saves in the loss.
Saint Anselm killed off a Bryn Athyn power play past the midway point of the third period and got an empty-netter from Carignan to seal the win after the Lions pulled Chalmers with 1:14 to go. Carignan's goal came off assists from Jake Grade and Sean Verrier, who unselfishly squared the puck to Carignan to throw into the open net on a 2-on-1. Grade and Verrier's point were the second of their respective careers.
After being outshot 11-6 in the first 20 minutes, Saint Anselm doubled up Bryn Athyn, 22-11, over the final two periods.
The Hawks play the University of New England in an exhibition on the road on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m