Manchester, N.H. (February 3)-The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team, behind senior tri-captain Tom Kerwin's (Whitman, Mass.) game-winning overtime goal, moved to a perfect 3-0 in NE-10 play with a 5-4 overtime win over the Ravens of Franklin Pierce Tuesday night at Sullivan Arena. The win improves the Hawks to 6-10-1 overall, while the loss drops the Ravens to 5-12-2 overall and 1-2 in NE-10 action.
The Ravens took an early lead on a goal from junior forward Phil LaBreck (Thornton, N.H.) to give Franklin Pierce the 1-0 lead just over three minutes into the first period. The Hawks would add two power-play goals to take the lead. At 6:10 sophomore forward/defenseman Nick Wheeler (Nashua, N.H.) evened the contest at one with his sixth lamplighter of the season. Just over three minutes later, the Hawks took the lead for the first time in the game on a goal by Kerwin off helpers from Zachary Feiden (Delray, Florida) and Seth Goodrich (Salisbury, Vt.) to make it 2-1.
In the second period Franklin Pierce would fight back as they would score in the seventh and 17th minute on goals by LaBreck and Steve Della-Calce (East Stroudsburg, Penn.) to give the Ravens the lead again at 3-2. Saint Anselm fought back when senior-tri captain Joe Fernald (Braintree, Mass.) evened the game at three off passes from Mike Nunzianto (Guilford, Conn.) and John Hennessey (Westwood, Mass.) heading into the third period.
In the third period Wheeler would notch his second goal of the night off assists from Coleman Noonan (Norfolk, Mass.) and Ryan Butler (Arlington, Mass.) to put the Hawks up 4-3 just past the halfway point. The Ravens would tie the game again on a goal from Coursen Schneider (Stony Point, N.Y.) thirty seconds later to force the game into overtime.
In the overtime period the Hawks wasted no time as Kerwin scored his second goal of the game off a rebound from Butler and Fernald, 30 seconds in the stanza, to lift Saint Anselm to a 5-4 overtime NE-10 victory.
Sophomore goaltender Alex Wyse (Amherst, N.Y.) made 24 saves in the win for Saint Anselm, while Ravens netminder Ben Siok (Holden, Mass.) set aside 40 shots in the loss.
The Hawks return to action, Friday, February 6th, as they will travel to Babson for a 7 p.m. start.