MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team opened the 2018-19 regular season with a 4-2 loss to Babson College on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.
The Hawks fall to 0-1 on the year while the Beavers move to 1-0 on the young season.
Saint Anselm got goals from seniors Brian Cameron (Wakefield, Mass.) and Bryan Green (Weymouth, Mass.). Senior co-captain Joey Harrington (Braintree, Mass.), juniors Liam O'Sullivan (North Hampton, N.H.) and Jake Grade (Falmouth, Maine), and freshman Anthony Iacullo (Barrington, Ill.) each had an assist in the defeat. Senior goaltender Colin Soucy (North Andover, Mass.) had 27 saves in net after facing 30 shots.
The Hawks jumped out to an early lead as Cameron tipped a shot in front of the net home with just over two minutes elapsed in the game. However, Babson answered at 5:57 of the period on a goal by Matt Wiesner. The Beavers took a 2-1 lead only minutes later at 8:06 of the opening period with a power play goal. Soucy stopped an initial shot, but the puck was loose around the net and Nick Rosa put away the rebound.
Soucy made a huge save early in the second period to keep his team only down one goal. After Jack Nisbet blocked a shot in the defensive end for the Beavers, he skated the length of the ice to go one-on-one with Soucy. However, the senior netminder made a kick save keep it a one-goal contest. The Hawks had plenty of chances in the second to find the equalizer, but Babson goaltender Matt Pompa kept his team ahead.
The Hawks knotted things up on the power play only 3:14 into the third period. After controlling play and keeping the puck in the zone, Green found the back of the net to tie the game at two. However, less than two minutes later the Beavers went on the power play and Mike Egan scored for the visitors to put them back in front.
Saint Anselm fired 11 shots on net over the next several minutes but could not find the answer. The Beavers would seal the game on an empty-netter with a minute remaining in regulation.
The Hawks outshot Babson 39-31, including 14-9 and 16-9 in the first and third periods, respectively. The difference was a pair of power play goals for the Beavers, who went 2-for-4, while Saint Anselm was 1-for-3 with the extra man.
The Hawks hit the road on Friday, Nov. 2 as they travel to Vermont to face off against Saint Michael's College in the Northeast-10 Conference opener for a 7 p.m. puck drop.