Pallotta-Ferraro-Andreucci line leads men's ice hockey past Ravens

Pallotta-Ferraro-Andreucci line leads men's ice hockey past Ravens

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Jon Pallotta-Mike Ferraro-Alec Andreucci line accounted for five goals as the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team sailed to a 7-0 Northeast-10 Conference victory over visiting Franklin Pierce University on Friday evening at Sullivan Arena.

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Ferraro scored his first-career hat trick, while Pallotta and Andreucci each had a goal and three assists for Saint Anselm (5-5-0, 2-2-0 NE10). Ferraro's three goals brought his NE10-high tally to nine this season, with five coming in the last two games. Junior netminder Colin Soucy recorded a 26-save shutout as the Hawks defeated Franklin Pierce (2-8-0, 1-3-0) for the 17th time in 17 all-time meetings.

Junior Bryan Green and sophomore Trey Aiello also found the back of the net for Saint Anselm, which got two assists from junior Kevin Curley as well. Freshmen Frank Ferrara and Shawn Moors picked up their first-collegiate points with assists in the win.

Ferraro opened the scoring at 4:21 of the first period with the first of his three goals on the night. Pallotta and Andreucci combined to force a turnover in the neutral zone, leading the entire line in behind the Ravens defense. From the left side, Andreucci sent a pass across the crease to an open Ferraro for a simple tap-in.

A little over four minutes later, Green lit the lamp with the first of the Hawks' three power-play goals in the game. Junior Jeremy Carignan and senior Nick Gorski played catch with the puck on the right side, before Gorski found Green just outside of the middle of the left faceoff dot. The junior fired the puck in under the bar stick-side from there to make it 2-0.

Pallotta capped the three-goal first period at 13:14 with his team's second power-play tally. From the right side, Curley slid the puck across the ice to Andreucci who, in turn, sent it back across to Pallotta to fire home a wrist shot from the middle of the right circle.

Ferraro accounted for both of Saint Anselm's goals in the second period to complete his hat trick, the first by a Hawk since Vin D'Amato scored all three of his team's goals in the NE10 Championship semifinals on Feb. 20, 2016 against Southern New Hampshire University. Both of Ferraro's goals in the period came from Pallotta, with the first coming on a rebound off a Pallotta shot and the second being a re-direct in front off a shot by the senior.

Andreucci and Aiello netted third-period goals to cap Saint Anselm's largest victory since a 10-2 win at Daniel Webster College on Dec. 2, 2016. At 12:38, Moors entered the offensive zone, worked the puck to the goal line and squared to an open Andreucci for a tap-in. Just less than four minutes later, Aiello fired the puck into the top shelf from between the two circles after being set up by Ferrara and Jonathon Folsom.

Soucy's 26-save shutout was the first of his career as the junior earned his first victory of the season in his third start. Tom McGuckin yielded five goals in 33:00 in net for the Ravens to take the loss, before being relieved by Ian Wallace, who stopped 13-of-15 shots in the final 27:00.

The Hawks travel to the University of Southern Maine to face the Huskies in a 4 p.m. start on Saturday, Dec. 2.