SALEM, Mass. – With nine seconds remaining in the overtime period, junior Matt Chisholm (Scituate, Mass.) of the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team buried the game-winning goal to send the Hawks to a 5-4 non-conference victory over Salem State University on Wednesday.
The Hawks ended their three-game losing streak on Wednesday as they improved to 8-7-1 on the year. The Vikings drop to 2-8-2 in the 2019-20 campaign. The Hawks will travel to Southern Maine for a non-conference tilt on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m.
After trailing 3-1 after the opening 20 minutes of action, the Hawks mounted a third-period comeback by scoring three of the next four goals to even the contest at four, forcing overtime. Chisholm's game-winning marker came with only nine ticks left on the scoreboard, giving Saint Anselm the outright victory.
The Vikings took control early, scoring twice in the opening seven minutes of action. Junior Shawn Moors (Pointe Claire, Quebec) got the Hawks on the board a minute later to trim the deficit to one, 2-1. The Vikings wrapped up the first 20 minutes of play with an extra-man goal by Callum Hofford at 18:44.
Neither team was able to convert on any second-period scoring chances, setting up the dramatics in the third period.
Sophomore Anthony Iacullo (Barrington, Ill.) started the final period of regulation by scoring a power-play goal at 6:12, reducing the Hawks deficit to 3-2. Later in the period, senior Liam O'Sullivan (North Hampton, N.H.) tied the contest at three with seven minutes left in the third period.
Joe Smith of the Vikings responded with a goal of his own at 15:00 to regain the lead, 4-3. With five minutes remaining in the third period, junior John Femia (Canton, Mass.) scored at 17:50 to tie the game at four, extending the contest to overtime.
In net, first-year Nick Howard (Burlington, Mass.) recorded 28 saves, earning his fourth win of the 2019-20 season. Howard's counterpart, Sean Cleary, posted 42 saves. Femia led the team in faceoff wins with 16 victories over 28 attempts.
The Hawks outshot the Vikings, 47-32.