Manchester, N.H. (January 10) - Coleman Noonan's (Norfolk, Mass.) third period game-winning goal and two-assist effort led Saint Anselm College past the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College for a 3-2 victory on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.
The win improves the Hawks to 4-4-1 on the year, while the loss drops Bowdoin to 6-4-1 on the campaign.
The Polar Bears his the scoreboard first, when junior defenseman Mike Corbelle (Byfield, Mass.) scored off of passes from Brandon Reich (Montvale, N.J.) and Erik Olson (Edina, Minn.) with just over four minutes left in the first period. The Hawks were out shot 23-5 as Hawk senior goalie Pat Gallagher (Framingham, Mass.) set aside 22 shots in the first stanza.
In the second period, Saint Anselm tied the game on a power-play goal from sophomore forward Nick Wheeler (Nashua, N.H.) six and a half minutes into the period. Noonan was credited with the assist. Bowdoin took the lead back midway through the period when Kyle Hanson (Calgary, Alberta) took a pass from Thomas Herd (Los Angeles, Calif.) to beat Gallagher for a 2-1 lead. The Hawks were again out shot in the period 14-7 as Gallagher made 35 saves through two periods.
The third period was all Hawks as Wheeler added his second goal of the game midway through the third period on assists from Noonan and senior captain Joe Fernald (Braintree, Mass.) to tie the game 2-2. A minute and a half later Noonan's unassisted goal lifted the Hawks to a 3-2 victory.
The Hawks were out shot 51-25 but Gallagher made an astounding 49 saves pick up his second victory of the year, while Richard Nerland (Calgary, Alberta) stopped 22 shots to fall to 4-3-1 on the year.
The Hawks return to the ice Friday, January 16th, as they will host Wesleyan (Conn.) University at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Arena.