NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team took a break from Northeast-10 Conference play on Monday night, capturing a 5-2 victory over the Corsairs of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at Hetland Skating Arena.
Scoring three goals with four assists in each of the team's last five games, the Hawks exploded for five goals and six assists on Monday, moving to 5-3-1 on the season while the Corsairs drop to 2-5. The Hawks return to Sullivan Arena for each of the next six games, starting with this Saturday's 4 p.m. contest against Trinity (Conn.).
Saint Anselm took an early 2-0 lead after the first 10 minutes of play thanks to goals from junior Jonathan Folsom (Middleton, Mass.) and senior Mike Ferraro (Northbridge, Mass.). Folsom posted his first tally of the 2019-20 campaign while Ferraro potted his 40th career goal.
The Corsairs answered as Austin Miller cut the deficit to one at 10:50 of the first period. UMass Dartmouth kept its scoring ways going out of the first intermission with an Eric Bolden game-tying goal just over 11:30 into the second stanza.
With just over four minutes expired in the final period, freshman Matt Hayes (Salem, N.H.) sped up ice and uncorked a shot over the left shoulder of the Corsairs' goaltender to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead.
On a power-play opportunity later in the period, freshman Andrew Andary (Macomb, Mich.) sent a one-timer from the faceoff circle off a give-and-go from sophomore Kilian Hammersmith (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) to give the Hawks a 4-2 cushion.
Freshman Chris Lemay (Salem, N.H.) secured the win with an empty-net goal at 14:45 which was too much for the Corsairs to overcome.
Sophomore Michal Soustal (Unicov, Czech Republic) finished with 28 saves for Saint Anselm. His counterpart, Chris Stangarone, had similar numbers as he recorded 26 saves. Sophomore Anthony Iacullo (Barrington, Ill.) dominated the face-off circle, winning 13-of-20 attempts at the dot.