Grade's first-career goal not enough for men's ice hockey in loss to St. Michael's

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Visiting Saint Michael's College scored the game's final four goals to post a 5-1 victory over the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team in the Northeast-10 Conference opener for both teams on Friday evening at Sullivan Arena.

Box Score

Saint Michael's (1-1-1, 1-0-0 NE10) used points from nine different skaters, including four multi-point nights, to end its seven-game winless streak in the series with Saint Anselm (1-1-0, 0-1-0 NE10) dating back to Jan. 31, 2014. Jake Grade scored his first-career goal to provide the lone goal of the game for the Hawks.

Hadan Jordan and Nic Hermary each had a goal and an assist for the Purple Knights, who also got two assists apiece from Keegan Finn and Patrick Doherty. Saint Michael's owned a narrow 28-27 advantage in shots in the game, using 26 saves from Tim Decker to record the victory.

Zach Sullivan opened the scoring at 4:58 of the first period for the visitors, scoring from Sam D'Antuono and Hermary. Saint Anselm responded just past the midway point of the period on a 4-on-3 power-play goal from Grade. Just six seconds after a holding penalty on the Purple Knights, Grade unleashed a blast into the top corner of the net from straight on to tie the game at 1-1 after Jeremy Carignan won a faceoff back to the defenseman.

The score remained tied until Saint Michael's scored three times in the final 8:25 of the second period. Eric Salzillo grabbed the eventual game-winning goal at 11:35, with Sam Finkelstein and Hermary scoring later in the period for the visitors. Jordan tacked on an insurance goal at 15:23 of the third for the Purple Knights, who recorded their largest road victory in the 17 meetings in Manchester.

Colin Soucy started in net for Saint Anselm, making 11 saves over the first two periods in taking the loss. Brenden Cain was in goal for the third period, saving 12-of-13 shots faced.

Saint Anselm has a week off of games until hosting crosstown rival Southern New Hampshire University in an NE10 contest at Sullivan Arena on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.