SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Colin Soucy stopped 34-of-35 shots and the line of Nick Leonard, Jeremy Carignan and Trey Aiello provided both goals for the Saint Anselm College men's hockey team in a 2-1 victory over Saint Michael's in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) play on Friday evening at Cairns Arena.
In his fourth start of the season, Soucy held Saint Michael's (7-9-2, 4-7-1 NEHC) scoreless until the final minute of the game, while tallying a career-high 34 saves for Saint Anselm (9-7-2, 5-6-1 NEHC). The Leonard-Carignan-Aiello line provided both the Hawks' goals in the second period as Saint Anselm completed a regular-season sweep of the Purple Knights.
Carignan and Leonard each had a goal and an assist in the game, while Aiello and Jon Pallotta each had an assist. Soucy's career night evened his season record at 2-2, while Chris Johnson fell to 6-9-2 for Saint Michael's despite 30 saves. Saint Michael's outshot Saint Anselm 35-32 in the game.
The game was goalless until the 12:58 mark of the second period, when Leonard broke the deadlock, putting home a rebound from an Aiello shot from the slot right on the doorstep. Leonard's goal was his third of the year as part of his third multi-point performance of the season.
The Hawks made it 2-0 less than five minutes later when Carignan grabbed his seventh goal of the season on the power play. Carignan won a faceoff back at the right circle and eventually the puck cycled back to the sophomore who found the back of the net from the edge of the same circle from Leonard and Pallotta.
Saint Michael's, which saw its four-game unbeaten streak come to an end, finally found a way past Soucy with 18 seconds remaining in the third period on a goal by Colin Biebel. After the goal, the Purple Knights pulled Johnson for the final 15 seconds but was unable to get a shot off.
Saint Anselm closes out its weekend in Vermont at second-ranked Norwich on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. The Cadets blanked the Hawks 2-0 back on Nov. 11 at Sullivan Arena.