FOXBORO, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team picked up the season sweep of Stonehill College with a 4-3 Northeast-10 Conference victory on Tuesday night at the Foxboro Sports Complex.
The Hawks improve to 11-10-1 overall and 6-2-0 against NE10 opponents while the Skyhawks fall to 6-11-1 and 1-7-1 in league play.
Stonehill jumped out to a quick lead just 52 seconds into the opening period. Cameron Wright gave the home team a 1-0 lead.
Senior netminder Colin Soucy (North Andover, Mass.) had to stop the next five shots he faced before the eight-minute mark to keep it a one-goal deficit for Saint Anselm. The Hawks were gifted a power play with 7:41 remaining and put four shots on net. However, Skyhawks goalie Chase McKay kept the visitors off the scoreboard.
The Hawks finally found the equalizer at the 17:37 mark of the opening period on a power play goal by senior Bryan Green (Weymouth, Mass.) as the teams skated to a 1-1 tie heading into the first intermission.
After Saint Anselm went short-handed with 9:36 gone in the second frame, the visitors found the back of the net for the goal. Senior Jeremy Carignan (Amos, Quebec) scored with the Hawks down a player to put them ahead 2-1. Saint Anselm looked to add to its lead firing eight shots in the final seven minutes of the period but McKay kept it a one-goal deficit for the home team.
Stonehill tied the game at the 6:04 mark on the power play as Wright found the back of the net for the second time of the night. That score did not stay the same for long as junior Trey Aiello (Williamsburg, Va.) answered with a power play tally of his own at the 10:38 mark to regain the lead for Saint Anselm.
Junior Sean Verrier (Reading, Mass.) made it 4-2 just over three minutes later. The home team cut into the lead with exactly four minutes left in regulation. After Wright hit the pipe, Kayser Rei scored for the Skyhawks for the final goal of the game.
Soucy had to make a pair of saves in the final minutes of the game but he was able to hold off Stonehill.
Soucy finished the night with 24 saves in net, as the Hawks outshot Stonehill 44-27 in the game. McKay finished the game with 40 saves in net for the Skyhawks. Both teams scored twice with the extra skater, but it was the shorthanded tally by the Hawks that was the difference-maker.
The Hawks return to action on Friday, Feb. 1 against Saint Michael's College. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Arena.