MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team opened the 2020 calendar year with a narrow 5-4 loss to Bowdoin College on Friday at Sullivan Arena.
Saint Anselm falls to 7-6-1 on the year while Bowdoin moves to 5-4, having won each of the last five meetings with the Hawks.
Senior Trey Aiello (Williamsburg, Va.) led the Hawks with three points of offense (1-2=3) while seniors Dave Almeida (Bristol, R.I.) and Mike Ferraro (Northbridge, Mass.) each posted two assists in the losing effort. Saint Anselm outshot the Polar Bears throughout the second and third periods, but Bowdoin's last two goals, including the game-winner, came with the extra man.
Down by one goal after two periods, Aiello scored his third tally of the season only 4:30 into the third period to tie the game at four. With the Hawks set up on the power play, Almeida sent a puck down toward the right post of the Bowdoin goal where it was tapped home by Aiello.
Bowdoin scored the game-winner with less than seven minutes to go in regulation time. After a Hawks turnover in the defensive zone led to a hooking penalty, the Polar Bears wasted no time with the extra skater as Chris Brown logged his first collegiate goal at 13:29. Bowdoin scored with only 14 seconds elapsed on the power play.
Saint Anselm fell behind 1-0 only 6:36 into the game as Andy Stoneman picked the pocket of a Hawks defenseman and put home the puck on a breakaway. The Hawks responded only minutes later as junior John Femia (Canton, Mass.) finished off a 3-on-1 rush to draw the game even at one.
Bowdoin carried a 2-1 lead into the first intermission as an odd-man push by the Polar Bears was capped with a nice re-direction at the goalmouth by Ronnie Lestan. Despite the deficit, the Hawks trailed Bowdoin by only one shot, 8-7, after 20 minutes.
The Hawks found themselves down by a 3-1 margin only 1:18 into the second period as a Joe Alexander shot was knocked down in front of the Saint Anselm net. Ethan Kimball was there to win a stick battle with a Hawks skater, forcing the puck into the goal.
Saint Anselm scored the next two goals, tying the game at three with just under four minutes to go in the middle period. Freshman Jack Murphy (Marshfield, Mass.) scored his first career marker goal off a bad angle near the goal line before junior Matt Chisholm (Scituate, Mass.) converted the Hawks third goal of the evening, doing so on the power play.
Chisholm has now logged at least one point in four of his last five games, scoring three times with four assists (3-4=7) in that span.
Hawks backstop Michal Soustal (Unicov, Czech Republic) made 22 saves, conceding five goals to draw the loss. Alex Zafonte improved to 5-4 in goal for the Polar Bears, making 31 saves and earning the victory despite yielding four tallies.
Saint Anselm returns to action Saturday, Jan. 4, taking on the AMCATS from Anna Maria College at 4 p.m. in Sullivan Arena.