Manchester, NH (January 28)– Robert Kang (Glen Rock, NJ) made 35 saves and Saint Anselm got a goal each from Jim Toomey (Billerica, MA) and Eric Czapka (Holland, PA) as the Hawks beat Trinity 2-0 in an ECAC East/NESCAC conference game. It was Kang's first career shutout and the first time this season that Saint Anselm has held an opponent scoreless. Wesley Vesprini (Lexington, MA) was excellent in goal for the Bantams as well, recording 41 stops.
With the win, Saint Anselm improves to 7-6-1 overall and 5-6-1 in the ECAC East Trinity falls to 5-8-3 overall and 3-7-1 in the NESCAC. The Hawks also snapped a four game winless streak, having going 0-3-1 in their four previous games.
The Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Toomey's third goal of the season at 10:59 of the first period. Tucker Mullin (Andover, MA) and Paul Snell (Groton, MA) helped set up the first tally. That goal turned the momentum in Saint Anselm's favor after an early goal by Michael DeMayo (Seaford, NY) was wiped off the board. The Hawks added another in the second period on Czapka's first career goal just 2:29 into the frame, also assisted by Mullin.
However, the offense for both teams was overshadowed by the stellar play of both goaltenders. Vesprini and Kang made multiple highlight reel saves. When they were not able to get to the puck each was bailed out by the goal posts. Kang especially reaped the benefits as the Bantams rang the iron three times in the third period in the comeback effort.
Saint Anselm will be back in ECAC East/NESCAC action again tomorrow afternoon. The Hawks take on Wesleyan College (5-7-3 overall, 4-6-1 NESCAC) at 4pm.