MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Peter Sikalis scored with 1:40 remaining in overtime to lift the Saint Anselm College men's hockey team to a 4-3 victory over UMass Boston on Senior Day on Saturday evening at Sullivan Arena.
Saint Anselm (12-11-2, 7-10-1 NEHC) led by one goal on three occasions but UMass Boston (12-10-3, 7-9-2 NEHC) battled back each time to tie the game. With the overtime session winding down, Sikalis corralled an attempted clearance in the slot and rifled the puck into the top shelf to give the Hawks the win.
For the second-straight night, Colin Soucy made 33 saves for Saint Anselm, again finishing one shy of his career high to pick up his third win of the season. Offensively, Trey Aiello posted a goal and an assist for the Hawks.
Before the game, Saint Anselm honored its six-man senior class of Brendon Kerrigan, Nick Leonard, CJ Blaszka, Peter Sikalis, Vin D'Amato and Lawrence Taylor IV for their efforts over the last four seasons. The Hawks also hosted their annual alumni game in the morning.
The teams split a four-goal first period evenly with each game scoring twice. Aiello gave the Hawks their first lead of the game at 6:26 of the opening period, collecting a pass from Brendon Kerrigan and scoring on a wrister from the slot for his team-high 10th goal of the season.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Beacons replied just 24 seconds later as Albee Daley tipped in a shot in front of the net at 6:50 to tie it at 1-1. At 11:41, Nick Leonard put the Hawks back on top. After gaining control of a loose puck, Leonard drove to the net, put a move on goaltender Jordan Bustard and scored off the pipe. UMass Boston again responded with 1:58 remaining when Tyler Bishop scored his first of two goals in the game from the middle of the right circle off a feed from Nolan Redler.
Saint Anselm took its third one-goal lead of the game 8:05 into the second as Jeremy Carignan slid home a rebound after Bailey MacBurnie saved Aiello's initial shot. Just 2:20 later, UMass Boston evened the game at 3-3 on a bomb from Bishop on the power play.
Neither team scored in the third period but both teams had several chances to break the tie prior to overtime. A little less than five minutes into the third, Justin Longo forced a turnover in the neutral zone, skated from right to left and unleashed a shot that grazed the far post. Soucy twice denied Brett Mason a winning goal in the final 2:15, saving Mason's shot on a two-on-one rush with 2:15 left and making a save from in close with just 20 seconds to go.
Sikalis' shot was Saint Anselm's first shot on goal in the overtime while UMass Boston had a pair of effort on frame. For the game, the Beacons held a slight 36-33 advantage in shots. The visitors went 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Hawks were 0-for-3.
With its regular season complete, Saint Anselm turns its attention to the Northeast-10 Championship tournament. The Hawks will be the No. 1 seed and have home ice throughout the tournament. More information, including opponent, date and time, will be posted when available.