Men's ice hockey falls to Franklin Pierce Tuesday

RINDGE, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team lost to Franklin Pierce University, 5-3, on Tuesday night in Northeast-10 Conference play at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.

Box Score

The Hawks fall to 1-2-0 on the season and 1-1-0 in NE10 action while the Ravens improve to 3-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in league play.

Junior Mike Ferraro (Northbridge, Mass.) led Saint Anselm with a pair of goals while senior captain Jeremy Carignan (Amos, Quebec) had a tally. Freshman goaltender Michal Soustal (Unicov, Czech Repubic) made 28 saves in his collegiate debut.

After a slow start to the first period, Franklin Pierce struck for two goals in a span of nine seconds. The Ravens scored at 10:42 of the first stanza on a goal by Matthew Toombs before Cameron Shepardson extended the lead to a pair of goals. 

Saint Anselm answered at 15:32 of the opening period thanks to a goal by Carignan. Freshman Anthony Iacullo (Barrington, Ill.) and senior Bryan Green (Weymouth, Mass.) made some passes in the offensive zone, finding Carignan near the left post who finished the play.

The Hawks tied things up early in the second period thanks to a goal by Ferraro at 1:17. He wrapped-around the net, stuffing the puck into the right post. However, the Ravens scored the next two goals of the period to take a 4-2 lead. The first came at 10:56 of the second before Justin Blanchette scored with just over five minutes remaining in the period. 

Saint Anselm cut the lead back to a one-goal deficit with 1:49 left in the second stanza. Sophomore Alec Andreucci (Guilford, Conn.) slid the puck to Ferraro at the left circle, who one-timed a shot past the goaltender. 

The Ravens added one at 9:04 of the third period on a deflection in front of the net to take a 5-3 lead. Saint Anselm put 11 shots on net in the third period but could not convert them into goals.

Neither team could take advantage on the power play going 0-for-3 combined. The Hawks had a slim 34-33 edge in shots and blocked 14 of their own. Ian Wallace made 31 saves in net for Franklin Pierce.

Saint Anselm returns home this weekend for a pair of NE10 contests. Friday night's game is against Southern New Hampshire University at Sullivan Arena with puck drop set for 7 p.m.