Daniels, Kang Push Men’s Ice Hockey Past Penmen, 7-1

Freshman forward Johnny Daniels (Andover, Mass.) scored twice for the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team en route to a 7-1 victory over the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University Tuesday afternoon at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.  With the victory, the Hawks improve to 9-8-3 overall and to 3-0-1 within the Northeast-10 Conference.  The loss drops the Penmen to 1-18-1 overall and to 0-9-0 within conference play.

Defenseman Greg Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal at 4:10 of the second period, powering the Hawks to a 2-0 lead early in the middle stanza.  Aggressive on the forecheck was Daniels, who intercepted a clearing attempt by the Penmen.  Cycling the puck back to the point, defenseman Evan Gogonis (Northboro, Mass.) passed the puck from right to left across the blueline, catching the blade of Merrill.  Two steps toward the net preceded a powerful blast that beat Penmen goaltender Tyler Holske for the score.

Daniels opened the scoring at 15:56 of the first period, placing Saint Anselm on top by a 1-0 margin.  Forward Sean Jenkins (Boston, Mass.) skated around the Penmen net toward the right wing corner.  A wrist shot toward the crease was tipped by forward Tucker Mullin (Andover, Mass.) with the rebound spilling out to Daniels near the right post.  With Holske slid out of position, the Hawks forward forced the puck into the vacant right side of the net for the score.

Daniels struck again only 33 seconds after Merrill's blast for his second goal of the game.  After a missed shot on goal by forward Tim King (Weymouth, Mass.), the junior captain skated after his own rebound in the right wing corner.  Skating from the bottom of the right face-off circle toward the blueline, King sent a quick pass to a crashing Merrill who skated toward the right post.  At the last minute, he passed from right to left across the goal crease to Daniels who, once again, forced the puck past a sprawling Holske for the goal.

Only 15 seconds following Daniels' goal, freshman Casey Goll scored his first collegiate goal for the Penmen at 4:58 of the second period to place Saint Anselm on the board.  Following an offensive zone face-off victory by Connor Audycki, Goll wristed a shot on goal that snuck through traffic and beat Hawks goaltender Robert Kang (Glen Rock, N.J.) for the goal.

King scored his sixth goal of the season at 18:31 of the second period to place the Hawks on top by a 4-1 spread.  On the power play, Merrill sent a puck from behind the puck to the right post where freshman Liam McKillop (New York, N.Y.) missed wide left on his shot attempt.  Gathering the rebound and circling near the left post briefly, King wristed a shot on net that eluded the grasp of Holske for the score.

Forward Eric Czapka (Holland, Pa.) capitalized on a failed clearing attempt by the Penmen at 18:43 of the second period as the Hawks scored their fourth goal of the period.  Forward John Hyslip (Andover, Mass.) used an aggressive forecheck to intercept the puck and skate it toward the right post.  Retracing his steps, Hyslip fed Czapka the puck near the center of the face-off circle and the ensuing blast snuck past Holske.

Junior Mike Richard (Derry, N.H.) scored his seventh goal of the season at 6:40 of the third period, placing Saint Anselm ahead by five goals.  Defenseman Steve Mollo (Saunderstown, R.I.) fired a shot on net that was redirected wide by Daniels near the left post.  Gathering the redirected shot was Richard, who wrapped a shot on goal around the right post for the goal.

Hyslip scored his first goal of the season at 17:55 of the third period, adding extra insurance for Saint Anselm.  Tipping a clearing attempt was Czapka and the ensuing rebound off of his stick fell on to the stick of a streaking Hyslip, who fired a shot on goal from between the hash marks for the final goal of the game for either side.   

Kang (5-2-1) earns his fifth victory of the season, turning aside 23-of-24 shots on goal in the win.  Holske (1-16-0) drops his 16th decision of the year, halting 45-of-52 shots on net by the Hawks.

Saint Anselm was 1-for-5 on the power play.  Southern New Hampshire was 0-for-4 with the extra skater.

NOTABLES: Saint Anselm holds the 26-2-1 advantage all-time against the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University…Forward Tim King has maintained a nine-game point streak dating back to Southern Maine on Jan. 13, scoring three goals and 13 assists for 16 points (3-13=16) during that span…King also recorded the 75th point of his career this evening and has accumulated 27 goals and 48 assists for 75 points (27-48=75) across 72 games…Forward Mike Richard has recorded five goals and six assists for 11 points (5-6=11) across his last five games…Forward Liam McKillop has scored a goal in three of his last four games and has a four-game point streak (5-2=7).

The men's ice hockey team returns to action on Friday, Feb. 10 as they host New England College at the Thomas F. Sullivan Arena in a 7 p.m. contest. 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).