MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's hockey team will travel to Stonehill College for the Northeast-10 Conference Championship tournament semifinal, the league announced Tuesday. The Hawks and Skyhawks will meet at Stonehill's Foxboro Sports Center Saturday in a 1:50 p.m. start time.
Saint Anselm, which earned the #3-seed for the NE-10 Championship tournament, tied the Skyhawks in the teams' only regular season matchup just last Tuesday at Sullivan Arena. After two scoreless periods, the Skyhawks' Garrett White found space in front of the crease and rocketed home a goal just 48 seconds in to the third. Senior Sean Jenkins (Boston, Mass.) responded with a top-shelf game-tying tally with less than two minutes remaining in the game, cleaning up a shot by senior Kody Grondin (Hampton, N.H.) to salvage a 1-1 overtime tie.
Both goaltenders were stellar in the matchup with freshman Shane Joyce (Pembroke, Mass.) picking up 28 saves on the evening, and Stonehill's Chris Tasiopoulos added a game-high 48 saves.
Saturday's winner will advance to the NE-10 Championship game against the winner of #1-seed Saint Michael's and #4-seed Assumption. Should Saint Anselm and Assumption both win on the road, the Hawks would host the Greyhounds the following Saturday, February 28, at Sullivan Arena.
Saint Anselm has won the NE-10 Championship tournament eight times in 13 title game appearances, most recently taking home the title four straight years from 2010 to 2013. Through 15 NE-10 Championships series, the Hawks also own the highest all-time winning percentage with a 21-9 record. Saint Anselm and Stonehill are the only two schools in the league to have earned a berth in every championship.
Southern New Hampshire is the defending NE-10 Champion, winning their first title in school history in 2014. As the #3-seed, the Penmen knocked off #2-seed Saint Anselm 4-1 in the semifinal at Sullivan Arena, then beat #4-seed Saint Michael's 4-1 in the title game. The Purple Knights also pulled an upset in the semifinal round last season, beating Stonehill, 2-1.