SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt.– Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey sophomore Shawn Moors (Pointe Claire, Quebec) scored twice, including the eventual game-winner at 2:02 of overtime as the Hawks defeated Saint Michael's College, 5-4, on Friday night.
The Hawks improved to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in Northeast-10 Conference action while the Purple Knights fall to 0-3-1 overall and 0-1-1 in NE10 play. The win marked the first for Saint Anselm head coach Larry Rocha'79, who became the eighth head coach in program history earlier this year.
Just four minutes into the game's opening period at Cairns Arena, a defect in the ice forced a lengthy delay and eventual movement of the game to the facility's secondary sheet of ice.
After a scoreless first period, it was Saint Michael's who got on the board first, scoring just 1:45 into the second frame on a Paul McAuliffe goal.
Nine minutes into the second period, Saint Anselm evened the game at 1-1 thanks to a power play goal from senior captain Jeremy Carignan (Amos, Quebec), his first of the year. Carignan's goal opened the flood gates for the Hawks, who added three more goals in the period, from Moors, sohomore John Femia (Canton, Mass.) and freshman Kilian Hammersmith (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), to take a 4-1 lead into the second intermission.
In the third, Saint Michael's scored three goals, two from Brandon Mitchell, to even the game at 4-4 just eight minutes into the final period.
Senior Colin Soucy (North Andover, Mass.) made six of his 18 saves in the third to keep the score tied and force overtime. In the extra frame, the Hawks held possession and registered the only two shots on net, with Moors' wrister finding the back of the net, sending the Hawks home with the victory.
Senior Bryan Green (Weymouth, Mass) added three assists on the evening for the Hawks as well, adding helpers on both of Moors' goals and Carigan's power play tally in the second.
Saint Anselm returns to Northeast-10 action on Tuesday, Nov. 6 with a 7:30 p.m. match-up with the Ravens of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H.