BOSTON, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team scored three times in less than five minutes late in the second period to break the game open and cruised to a 5-0 Northeast-10 Conference victory over Stonehill College on Friday at Warrior Ice Arena, the new practice facility of the Boston Bruins.
Sophomore and leading scorer Mike Ferraro scored the first two goals of the game for Saint Anselm (6-7-1, 3-2-0 NE10) to bring his conference-leading total to 11 in just 14 games this season. Sophomores Trey Aiello and Liam O'Sullivan as well as freshman Matt Chisholm also recorded goals in the win over Stonehill (4-9-1, 2-3-1 NE10), as all five goals for the Hawks were scored by underclassmen to help the Hawks leapfrog the Skyhawks in the NE10 standings.
Senior netminder Shane Joyce recorded his third shutout of the season and the eighth of his career by stopping all 26 shots he faced. Counterpart Matthew Schoen posted 33 saves for the Skyhawks, who were outshot 38-26 by the Hawks in the game.
Saint Anselm took 15 of the 20 shots on goal in the opening period, but neither team was able to get on the board until past the midpoint of the second. Ferraro broke the deadlock on the power play at 13:24 after being set up by senior Nick Gorski, who earned his team-leading seventh assist, and junior Bryan Green. Just 1:51 later, Ferraro doubled his tally and his team's lead with an unassisted breakaway goal to make it 2-0.
Before the second period was up, Aiello bagged the first of Saint Anselm's two short-handed goals on the night, scoring unassisted at 17:59 to cap the three-goal flurry. The Hawks went on to add a pair of goals in the third to finish off their second-straight NE10 victory.
In the third, O'Sullivan scored for the second time in as many games at 6:13 off assists by senior Justin Longo and freshman John Femia. Chisholm closed the scoring at 12:42 with Saint Anselm's second short-handed goal, with classmate Michael Foggia and Aiello earning the assists. Foggia's helper was his first-career point.
In addition to scoring the two short-handed goals, the Hawks killed off all five Stonehill power plays in the game, while converting on one of their six attempts. With the win, Saint Anselm increased its lead in the all-time series with Stonehill to 22-4-3 through 29 meetings.
The Hawks and Skyhawks close out their weekend series at Warrior Ice Arena on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 8:30 p.m.