MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team battled back and forth in the opening two periods but Franklin Pierce University scored two goals in the final stanza to earn a 5-3 Northeast-10 Conference victory on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.
The Hawks fall to 7-5-1 on the year while dropping to 4-2-1 in NE10 competition. The Ravens improve to 8-2-1 on the year and 3-1-0 in conference play. The Hawks will look ahead to 2020 for their next competition as they host Bowdoin on Friday, Jan. 3 at 4 p.m.
With the game tied at three heading into the final period, Alex Lester registered a hat-trick after scoring 52 seconds into the third stanza which gave the Ravens a slim 4-3 lead. Eight minutes later, Matthew Toombs clinched the win for the visitors with a tally.
1:50 into the opening period, junior Matt Chisholm (Scituate, Mass.) redirected first year John Wilson's (Frisco, Texas) shot from inside the blue line for the first goal of the game. Chisholm also tied his 2018-19 goals total with four in the process. Lester answered five minutes later to tie the game up at one midway through the first period.
Sophomore Anthony Iacullo (Barrington, Ill.) gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead heading into the second period after putting a nice move on the goaltender and burying the shot right in front of the crease.
The Ravens rattled off two goals to start off the second period with tallies coming from Lester and Chris Stevenson. That provided the visitors their first lead of the game, 3-2, with six minutes remaining in the second period.
A minute following the Ravens goal-scoring stretch, Chisholm sent a pass from the right faceoff circle into the slot for senior Sean Verrier (Reading, Mass.) to put home past the Franklin Pierce netminder. Verrier brought the contest to an even 3-3 match with the final 20 minutes still to be played.
First-year Nick Howard (Burlington, Mass.) dropped to a 3-4-1 record after stopping 14 shots in the loss. Ian Wallace of the Ravens totaled 28 saves and earned his third win of the season. Despite giving up five goals, Saint Anselm finished with a 31-19 shots advantage. Iacullo won 10 of of his 14 faceoff attempts.