HENNIKER, N.H. – Host New England College received goals from six different skaters to defeat the Saint Anselm College men's hockey team 6-2 in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action on Saturday evening at Lee Clement Arena.
Chris Santello and Carlos Fornaris each tallied a goal and two assists for New England College (13-7-0, 9-5-0 NEHC), while Andreas Zollner and Scott Cornfield each had one goal and one assist. Bryan Green and Peter Sikalis provided the goals for Saint Anselm (9-9-0, 5-8-1 NEHC).
The Pilgrims jumped on the board just 20 seconds into the opening period as Fornaris scored from Santello and Patrick DeBlois. Fornaris would return the favor by setting up Santello at 7:54 to put the hosts up by two.
Before the first period was over, Green got one back at 17:35, scoring for the fifth time this season, all in his last four games, off an assist from Jon Pallotta. Pallotta's helper was his eighth of the year and second in as many games.
After leading 3-1 after one, New England College tacked on two more goals in the second to take a commanding four-goal advantage. Connor Fries scored his third goal of the year against the Hawks at the 11:00 mark, before Arenson, who scored the winner when the two teams met on Dec. 9 at Sullivan Arena, scored the Pilgrims' fifth at 17:10.
Sikalis, who also scored in the Dec. 9 meeting, bagged his fifth of the season at 4:44 of the third to get the Hawks back within three but Brett Kilar, who finished with 42 saves for the Pilgrims, made sure it would get no closer. New England College added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Saint Anselm outshot New England College 44-41 on the night but Kilar's 42 saves proved decisive. Colin Soucy fell to 2-4 on the season with 22 saves over the first two periods, while Shane Joyce stopped all 13 shots he faced in the third.
The Hawks return to Northeast-10 Conference play at Assumption on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.
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