MANCHESTER, N.H. – Bryan Green recorded a goal and an assist and Nick Gorski had a pair of assists to lead the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team to a 4-2 victory over crosstown rival Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 Conference play on Friday evening at Sullivan Arena.
Eight skaters recorded at least one point in the game for Saint Anselm (2-1-0, 1-1-0 NE10), led by multi-point nights by Green and Gorski. Griffin Connor canceled out Green's opening goal early in the second period for Southern New Hampshire (0-1-1, 0-1-0 NE10), but the Hawks responded with the game's next three goals to pick up the win over their Queen City Cup rival. The victory was the first NE10 victory for first-year head coach Jim Tortorella.
Saint Anselm jumped out to a 1-0 lead after just 34 seconds on Green's first goal of the year. The Hawks forced a turnover in the neutral zone, setting the junior in on a breakaway and he beat Ryan Slatky on the stick side to open the scoring.
The Hawks continued to hold the 1-0 lead until the Penmen struck just five seconds into a power-play chance at 5:02 of the second period to tie it up. Connor received a pass from the left boards from Matt McLelland and fired a one-timer past Shane Joyce to make it a 1-1 game.
Just 88 seconds later, Saint Anselm went back ahead when Brian Cameron tipped in a Jonathan Folsom shot in from the slot. Cameron's goal was his first of the year with Folsom's assist serving as his first-career point in his collegiate debut.
Fellow freshman Matt Chisholm scored his second goal of the season with just under 13 seconds remaining in the second to give the Hawks a two-goal advantage after two. Chisholm was on hand to jam the puck home after Mike Ferraro circled behind the net as the Hawks pushed their lead to 3-1.
There were no goals in the third period until both teams scored in the final 15 seconds of the game. Jon Pallotta gave Saint Anselm a 4-1 lead with an empty-net goal following a 2-on-1 with Gorski before DJ Goldstein scored in the final second for Southern New Hampshire.
In his first game of the season, Joyce picked up the victory with a 25-save effort. Slatky was tagged with the loss despite making 29 saves for the Penmen. Saint Anselm held a 33-27 advantage in shots on goal in the game despite being outshot 12-7 in the final period.
The Hawks return to action next weekend with a weekend series against Post University, beginning with a 7 p.m. start on Friday, Nov. 17.