Men's ice hockey holds off SNHU with 5-4 win

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team picked up a key Northeast-10 Conference victory over cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University, 5-4, on Friday night at Sullivan Arena.

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Saint Anselm head coach Larry Rocha '79 picked up his first career-win at Sullivan Arena as the Hawks improve to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in NE10 play. The Penmen fall to 2-2-1 overall and 0-1-1 in NE10 play.

Five different players scored for the Hawks, including three first-career goals. Freshmen Kevin Ouellette (Arlington, Mass.) and Jake Cimarusti (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) picked up their first-career markers while junior Dave Almeida (Bristol, R.I.) also had his first-career tally. Sophomores John Femia (Canton, Mass.) and Matt Chisholm (Scituate, Mass.) also scored for Saint Anselm.

The first period saw five goals scored with the home team coming out with a 3-2 advantage after 20 minutes. Ouellete received a pass in front of the net and put the puck away for a 1-0 Hawks lead just before the five-minute mark. Femia scored less than 30 seconds later, extending Saint Anselm's lead to 2-0. 

The Penmen cut the lead in half at 10:08 of the opening period, before tying the game at 13:03. Brett Strawn made it 2-1 followed by DJ Goldsein coming up with the equalizer. Chisholm broke up the tie with 4:52 left in the opening period.

Things were tied at three as the Southern New Hampshire scored on a power-play at 5:19 of the second period. Almeida responded at 12:47 of the period with a wrist shot from the point that sailed through traffic and hit the back twine to give the Hawks a 4-3 lead, before Cimarusti deflected a shot by Almeida less than three minutes later to extend the lead to 5-3. 

The Penmen scored early in the third to cut their deficit to one but the Hawks killed off two late penalties to keep the visitors from tying the game. 

Saint Anselm outshot the Penmen 37-28, including 18-5 in the second period. Senior Colin Soucy (North Andover, Mass.) picked up his second win of the season, stopping 24 shots in net for the Hawks. Kurt Gutting took the loss for the Penmen making 18 saves in 37 minutes. JT Kossakowski stopped all 14 shots he faced in a relief effort.

Saint Anselm plays host to Assumption College at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Sullivan Arena.