Manchester, N.H. (February 13)-The Saint Anselm College men's hockey team dropped an ECAC East game to the No. 12 ranked Lord Jeffs of Amherst College 4-3 at Sullivan Arena on Friday night. The loss drops the Hawks to 8-12-1 overall and 5-10-1 in ECAC East play, while the win propels the Lord Jeffs to 15-4-1 overall and 13-2-1 in NESCAC/ECAC East action.
The first period had a total of five goals, including two within the first 47 seconds by the visitors. Off the opening face-off Amherst forward Matt Rhone (Dedham, Mass.) beat Hawk goaltender Kevin Fairweather (Woburn, Mass.). 37 seconds later, Brendan Powers (Walpole, Mass.) took a pass from Joel Covelli (Carlisle, Ontario) to make it 2-0. The Hawks cut the lead in half on a goal from sophomore forward Ryan Butler (Arlington, Mass.) beat Lord Jeff's goalie Jonathon Larose (Boyle, Alberta) to make it 2-1. At the 16:30 mark, Mike Baran (Duxbury, Mass.) extended the lead to 3-1. Off the next face-off sophomore forward Coleman Noonan (Norfolk, Mass.) took a pass from Joe Fernald (Braintree, Mass.) and Michael Adams (Bedford, Mass.) and beat the Larose top shelf to make it 3-2 heading into the second period.
After the break Amherst controlled the period out shooting the Hawks 13-4 and scoring the lone goal of the stanza by Luke Arnold (Lincoln, Mass.) which was shorthanded and at the 12:47 mark.
In the final period the teams managed a combined 26 shots, but the Hawks had the lone goal of the period by sophomore forward Paul Snell (Groton, Mass.) on the power-play after the Hawks pulled Fairweather for the six-on-four advantage. After that the Hawks pulled Fairweather again, but could not grab the equalizer as they skated to the 4-3 loss.
Fairweather made 37 saves in the losing effort, while Larose set aside 25 shots in the win.
The Hawks hit the ice again, tomorrow, as they will host the Continentals of Hamilton College at 4 p.m. at Sullivan Arena on senior day.