Three-peat! Men’s Ice Hockey Captures Third-Straight NE-10 Championship

Three-peat! Men’s Ice Hockey Captures Third-Straight NE-10 Championship


The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team collected their third-straight Northeast-10 Conference championship title following a 4-1 victory over the Skyhawks of Stonehill College Saturday afternoon at the Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.  With the victory, the Hawks earn their seventh conference championship in program history and conclude their season with a 14-8-5 overall record.  The Skyhawks see their season come to a close with a record of 10-12-3.

Forward Tucker Mullin (Andover, Mass.) scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal at 16:16 of the first period, lifting Saint Anselm to a 2-0 lead.  With the offense firmly entrenched in the Stonehill zone, a shot by forward Sean Jenkins (Boston, Mass.) was kicked away to the left-wing corner.  Gathering the puck, Mullin skated along the goal line and fired a tough-angle shot that beat Stonehill goaltender Chris Tasiopoulos for the score.

Freshman forward Liam McKillop (New York, N.Y.) scored the first goal of the afternoon for either side at 4:26 of the first period, placing Saint Anselm on the scoreboard first.  Mullin initiated the play in the neutral zone, passing the puck forward to Jenkins, who entered the zone on a two-on-one breakout with McKillop.  Passing across the slot at the last possible second, McKillop forced the puck past Tasiopoulos for his 11th of the season.

Forward Kevin Vanous (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored the Hawks third goal of the game at 13:42 of the second period, granting the Hawks a 3-0 advantage.  From below the goal line, McKillop sent a puck between the hash marks to where Vanous had established position.  A one-time shot eluded the grasp of Tasiopoulos for Saint Anselm's third goal of the game.  Forward John Hyslip (Andover, Mass.) also collected an assist on the play.

With defenseman Ryan Holley (Bethany Beach, Del.) in the box for hooking, Stonehill forward Bill Carey scored to place the Skyhawks on the scoreboard.  Retrieving a loose puck from the right wing corner, Carey skated toward the right post and forced a puck past Hawks goaltender Robert Kang (Glen Rock, N.J.) for the first goal Saint Anselm has allowed in the post-season.  Dana Borges and Bryan Rooney collected assists on the play for Stonehill.

Forward Johnny Daniels (Andover, Mass.) scored his ninth goal of the season at 3:47 of the third period.  A Stonehill defender turned the puck over in the left-wing corner and Daniels strode forward to gather the loose puck.  Skating toward the left post, Daniels picked the top corner on Tasiopoulos for the score.  Forwards Tim King (Weymouth, Mass.) and Mike Richard (Derry, N.H.) tallied assists on the play.

In net for the Hawks, Kang (10-2-3) turned aside 22-of-23 shots on net, earning his 10th victory of the season.  Tasiopoulos (8-10-1) drew his 10th loss of the year, halting 32-of-36 shots on goal.

Saint Anselm was 1-for-3 on the power play.  Stonehill was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

Kang earned Most Outstanding Player recognition for his performance throughout the Northeast-10 Conference post-season, as he only allowed one goal while making 54 saves in 120 minutes.  Holley and McKillop were named to the All-Championship team as a defenseman and forward, respectively.

Northeast-10 Conference All-Championship Team
Taylor Larsen, Assumption College, Senior, Forward
Eric McGuirk, Saint Michael's College, Junior, Goaltender
Matthew Doherty, Stonehill College, Senior, Defenseman
Bill Carey, Stonehill College, Sophomore, Forward
Ryan Holley, Saint Anselm College, Senior, Defenseman
Liam McKillop, Saint Anselm College, Freshman, Forward
Robert Kang, Saint Anselm College, Sophomore, Goaltender

Most Outstanding Player
Robert Kang, Saint Anselm College, Sophomore, Goaltender

NOTABLES: The Hawks captured their third-straight NE-10 Championship title this afternoon and the fifth conference championship in their history - Saint Anselm earned the ECAC DII Championship titles in 1999-00 and 2000-01…Saint Anselm concludes their season having lost only one NE-10 conference regular season game dating back to the 2008-09 season…Forward Mike Richard has recorded five goals and an assist (5-1=6) in six career playoff games with Saint Anselm, riding a six-game scoring streak within the NE-10 postseason…Forward Tucker Mullin has scored two game-winning goals in the NE-10 Championship game in his last three seasons on the Hilltop…Forward Liam McKillop has scored a goal and two assists for three points (1-2=3) to lead all Hawks players in the post-season…Goaltender Robert Kang is 4-0-0 in his four career NE-10 playoff games…In five career games in the NE-10 postseason, forward John Hyslip has recorded a goal and two assists for three points (1-2=3), including the game-winning goal in last year's championship tilt.

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