Men's hockey downs Manhattanville to claim Middlebury Holiday Classic title

Men's hockey downs Manhattanville to claim Middlebury Holiday Classic title

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.Vin D'Amato and Mike Ferraro scored third-period goals and Colin Soucy made 26 saves as the Saint Anselm College men's hockey team won the Middlebury Holiday Classic by defeating Manhattanville 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Kenyon Arena.

Box Score

After overcoming a three-goal, third-period deficit to defeat host Middlebury in a shootout on Friday, Saint Anselm (6-5-1) trailed Manhattanville (7-6-0) by a 1-0 margin after two periods. D'Amato scored the tying goal inside the first five minutes of the third and Ferraro grabbed the game-winner midway through the period for the Hawks in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Following the game, Peter Sikalis was named the tournament's MVP after logging an assist in each of Saint Anselm's two games. He was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Jeremy Carignan and Brendon Kerrigan, who also had an assist in both games of the tournament.

In just his second start of the season, Soucy stopped 26-of-27 shots to earn his first victory of the season. The win was the sophomore's third in five starts in his career, while the 26 saves were a career-high total for Soucy.

Manhattanville outshot Saint Anselm 9-3 in the opening period and had a pair of power-play opportunities but Soucy kept the game scoreless after 20 minutes, although both teams hit the post. Early in the second, the Valiants killed off 32 seconds of a 5-on-3 and went on to take the lead when Bryan Platt got behind the Hawks' defense and scored with a backhand off a pass from brother Adam at the 5:03 mark.

Saint Anselm had a pair of chances late in the second period. Manhattanville goaltender Kyle Redmond denied CJ Blaszka on a short-handed breakaway, before Kerrigan whistled a shot just wide after a feed from Carignan in the final minute.

For the second day in a row, D'Amato scored the game-tying goal in the third period, as the senior found the back of the net for the fifth time this season at 4:07 off assists from Blaszka and Lawrence Taylor IV. Blaszka skated into the Manhattanville zone, dropped it off for D'Amato and he beat Redmond from the middle of the left circle to make it 1-1. Taylor's assist marked the fourth-straight game the senior has tallied a helper.

Ferraro provided the game-winning goal at 10:06 of the third, as he tipped in a Sikalis shot from the point after Kerrigan won a draw in the offensive end. The goal was the freshman's fourth of the season. Soucy made four saves in the final 10 minutes to make the lead stand up despite the Valiants' pulling their goaltender for 1:04 over the final two minutes.

Manhattanville limited Saint Anselm to 15 shots in the game, while firing 27 on Soucy, and also controlled the faceoff dot, winning 39-of-58 draws. Redmond made 13 saves in the loss for the Valiants. Both teams were 0-for-4 on the power play.

Saint Anselm returns to New England Hockey Conference play at UMass Boston on Friday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.

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