MANCHESTER, N.H. – The University of Southern Maine scored twice in the final minute of regulation and again 48 seconds into overtime to defeat the Saint Anselm College men's hockey team 4-3 on the first night of Pink In The Rink weekend on Friday night at Sullivan Arena in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) play.
Peter Sikalis scored two power-play goals in the third period to give Saint Anselm (10-10-2, 5-9-1 NEHC) a 3-1 lead with 7:35 remaining in regulation but Southern Maine (9-11-2, 5-9-1 NEHC) scored with 1:00 left and again with 37 seconds to go to force overtime. The Huskies then got the winner 48 seconds into overtime as Cole Klippenstein poked in a rebound off an Alex Pantalone shot just before the net came off.
Saint Anselm got on the board first at 10:57 of the first period when Trey Aiello collected a pass from Jake Grade, weaved his way to the middle of the ice and beat Paul Leger with a wrist shot for his team-high ninth goal of the season. Less than four minutes later, Southern Maine got the goal back as Zampitella blasted in a loose puck from between the circles after Brendan Murphy's shot caromed off the back wall.
Neither team scored again until Sikalis netted back-to-back power-play goals in the third. The first came after Sikalis played catch with Brendon Kerrigan and fired the puck through traffic to put the Hawks up 2-1 at 5:30 of the third. A little less than eight minutes later, the senior, playing in his 100th-career game, found the back of the net from nearly the same spot following a drop pass from Ryan Spillane.
Down by two, the Huskies pulled Leger for the extra attacker with 2:20 to go and climbed within a goal as Brett Norman scored on a backhand from the top of the crease to make it 3-2 with 1:00 to play. Just 23 seconds later, Cody Braga scored another extra-attacker goal from the inside edge of the left circle to send the game to overtime, where Klippenstein's goal proved decisive.
Leger picked up the win with 13 saves for Southern Maine, while Shane Joyce made 20 saves in the loss for Saint Anselm. The Huskies outshot the Hawks 24-16 on the night.
Saint Anselm looks to rebound with a home game against Daniel Webster on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. to wrap up back-to-back doubleheaders at Sullivan Arena on Pink In The Rink weekend.