Holley's Late Strike Forces OT; Men's Ice Hockey Plays To 4-4 Draw

Ryan Holley (Bethany Beach, Del.) scored the game-tying goal with the extra skater on the ice at 19:54 of the third period as the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team played the Huskies of the University of Southern Maine to a 4-4 draw Friday evening at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.  The Hawks collect their third tie of the season as their record stands at 5-3-3 (2-3-2 ECAC).  The Huskies also collect their third tie of the year for a 5-5-3 overall record (3-3-1 ECAC).

With Hawks goaltender Robert Kang (Glen Rock, N.J.) pulled in favor of the extra skater, Ryan Holley scored his third goal of the season off feeds from defenseman Greg Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) and forward Tim King (Weymouth, Mass.) in the waning seconds of the game.  From below the right face-off circle, Merrill swung a pass across the crease that was tipped home by a crashing Holley for the strike.

Forward Tucker Mullin (Andover, Mass.) scored his fourth goal of the season at 6:50 of the second period, placing the Hawks on the board and temporarily knotting the score at one apiece.  Forwards Evan Gogonis (Northboro, Mass.) and Johnny Daniels (Andover, Mass.) collected assists on the captain's fourth strike of the season.

Forward Kevin Vanous (Virginia Beach, Va.) tallied his fifth goal of the season at 11:32 of the middle stanza, placing the Hawks in the lead by a 2-1 margin near the midpoint of regulation time.  Freshmen Liam McKillop (New York, N.Y.) and Sean Jenkins (Boston, Mass.) added helpers on Vanous' goal.

In the third period, Huskies forward Jon Grandinetti scored his fourth goal of the season on the power play, doubling up the Hawks by a 4-2 margin early in the period.  Less than two minutes later at 2:26 of the third period, defenseman Alex Pascal (Blue Bell, Pa.) cut the deficit to only one goal by scoring his fourth goal of the season.

Southern Maine held the lead at two different points in the game, but the Hawks were able to rally back each time.  Through the first period, the Huskies held a 1-0 lead thanks to a Matt MacDonald shorthanded goal at 8:38.  The Hawks also trailed exiting second period play, as Mike Greene converted his first collegiate goal on the power play and Troy Thibodeau added his second of the season shorthanded to account for Southern Maine's second period scoring.

In goal for the Hawks, Kang turned aside 40-of-44 shots on net to collect the tie.  For the Huskies, Braely Torris also drew the tie, halting 25-of-29 shots on net.

Saint Anselm was 2-for-6 on the power play.  Southern Maine was 2-for-11 with the extra skater.

NOTABLES: Saint Anselm still holds the 9-7-2 all-time advantage in program history...The Hawks have not lost in regulation dating back to Nov. 19, 2011 against nationally-ranked Norwich University…Forward Johnny Daniels has accumulated a six-game point streak, having tallied seven points (3-4=7) with three goals and four assists during that time frame...Forward Liam McKillop is in the midst of a five-game scoring streak, having accumulated three goals and six assists for nine points (3-6=9) during that span.

The Hawks return to action Saturday, Jan. 14 as they face-off against the University of New England in a 4:00 p.m. contest at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.  Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by friending us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks) and following us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks).