MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team completed the weekend sweep against Stonehill College, defeating the Skyhawks 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup. The Hawks celebrated Alumni Weekend as well with a game prior to today's contest.
The Hawks, who have won six straight against Stonehill dating back to the 2016-17 season, improve to 10-8-1 overall and 5-1-0 in NE10 play. The Skyhawks fall to 4-10-0 and 1-6-0 against league opponents.
Saint Anselm struck first in the opening period with 5:20 elapsed. Junior Jake Grade (Falmouth, Maine) ripped a shot through traffic to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season. Junior Liam O'Sullivan (North Hampton, N.H.) and freshman Anthony Iacullo (Barrington, Ill.) contributed assists on the play.
Stonehill answered early in the second period on a goal by Charles Page at the 2:20 mark to tie the game.
Junior Sean Verrier (Reading, Mass.) gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead at the 11:49 mark of the second period. He forced a turnover in Stonehill's defensive zone and beat Billy Palmer glove-side.
A late power play goal in the second stanza gave Saint Anselm a 3-1 lead with six seconds left in the period. Iacullo received a pass from the point and skated in towards the net before beating the goalie on the short side of the net.
Page made it a one-goal deficit in the third period exactly two minutes in. A turnover in the neutral zone gave him a breakaway opportunity and he beat senior Colin Soucy (North Andover, Mass.) on the blocker side to make it 3-2 in favor of Saint Anselm.
Junior Mike Ferraro (Northbridge, Mass.) extended the Hawks lead 4:46 later on a tipped shot in front of the net. O'Sullivan took a shot from the point and Ferraro had a late deflection to make it 4-2.
After that goal, the game saw plenty of penalties between the two teams. In total, nine penalties were called after O'Sullivan's tally. A late empty netter with 39 seconds left in the game by Verrier finished out the scoring.
Soucy finished with 28 saves in net for the Hawks while Palmer made 27 saves. Saint Anselm had a slim 30-28 edge in shots in the game.
The Hawks head to Worcester, Mass. for a two-game series against Assumption College. The first game is on Friday, Jan. 18 at 5:35 p.m. at the Charles J. Buffone Arena.