Manchester, N.H. (January 31)-The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-2 NE-10/ECAC East victory over the Purple Knights of Saint Michael's Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena. The win improves their record to 5-10-1 overall, 4-8-1 in the ECAC East and 2-0-0 in NE-10 play while the loss drops the Purple Knights to 6-9-2 on the season.
The Hawks wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as sophomore forward Ryan Butler (Arlington, Mass.) took a pass from Coleman Noonan (Norfolk, Mass.) and Paul Snell (Groton, Mass.) and put it past Purple Knight goaltender Tyler Bilton (Penticton, British Columbia) to give Saint Anselm the 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. Saint Michael's fought back as Ryan Mero (Peekskill, N.Y.) beat Saint Anselm netminder Alex Wyse (Amherst, N.Y.) to even the game at one at 5:24 in the first period.
In the second stanza, Saint Anselm scored the lone goal of the period on the five-on-three power-play. Snell took a pass from Noonan and beat Bilton to give the Hawks the 2-1 lead at the 13:22 mark. The Hawks out-shot Saint Michael's 18-10 in the period to take the lead into the final period.
Sophomore forward/defenseman Nick Wheeler (Nashua, N.H.) scored off assists from Snell and Noonan at the 4:44 mark in the third period. The Purple Knights would slice the lead in half on a goal from Ryan Nest (Gansevoort, N.Y.) to make it a 3-2 game. Hawk senior-captain Joe Fernald (Braintree, Mass.) added an empty-netter with 1:10 left on the clock to put the game out of reach and give the Hawks the 4-2 win.
Wyse made 38 saves to pick up his third win of the season, while Bilton and Brendan Rimmer (Newbury, Mass.) combined to give up three goals and make 32 saves in the losing effort.
The Hawks hit the ice again, Tuesday, February 3rd, as they will host in-state rival Franklin Pierce University for a NE-10 game at 7:30 p.m.