Men's ice hockey vaults to first place after third-straight victory

WINCHENDON, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team surged into first place in the Northeast-10 Conference standings with a 4-2 victory over Franklin Pierce to complete a sweep of the Ravens on Saturday evening at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.

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Freshman John Femia recorded first-career two-goal game to lead the way for Saint Anselm (12-9-1, 9-4-0 NE10), which picked up its third-straight NE10 victory. With the victory over Franklin Pierce (6-16-1, 2-9-1 NE10), the Hawks moved one point ahead of both Assumption and Saint Michael's in the conference standings. The Hawks and Purple Knights each have two NE10 games remaining, while Assumption has completed its 15-game conference schedule.

Saint Anselm used a three-goal first period to help build a 4-0 lead after two periods before Franklin Pierce scored the only two goals of the third. The victory kept the Hawks perfect (19-0-0) in the all-time series against the Ravens.

Sophomore Jake Grade contributed a goal and an assist for his second-career multi-point game in the victory, while senior Jon Pallotta scored for the sixth time in six games for the Hawks. David Wilcox and Cameron Shepardson scored in the third for Franklin Pierce.

Femia scored the game's first goal at 7:02 of the first period, picking out the top-left corner after a turnover to begin a spurt of three goals in 6:19. Just 3:14 later, Grade made it 2-0, scoring unassisted on a shot from the middle of the point that made it through a crowd in front after he gloved the puck out of the air. Pallotta notched his 11th goal of the season 3:05 after Grade's tally, banging in a rebound after Shawn Moors' shot from the left point was saved.

In the second, Femia pushed his team's lead to 4-0 at the 3:52 mark by putting home a rebound at the right post off a shot by sophomore Sean Verrier. Freshman Alec Andreucci earned his eighth point in the last three games with an assist on Femia's second of the night. Ten of the game's 19 penalties came in the second period, but Femia's second goal of the night stood as the only goal in the period.

After being outshot 26-12 in the first two periods, Franklin Pierce flipped the script in the third, taking 15 of the period's 20 shots on net. The Ravens were rewarded with a power-play goal from Shepardson just 50 seconds in and added a second from Wilcox at 11:52 on a rebound in front of the net.

Junior Colin Soucy recorded his third consecutive victory with a 25-save performance. Counterpart Tom McGuckin turned aside 27 shots for the Ravens in the loss.

Saint Anselm hosts crosstown-rival Southern New Hampshire University at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 on Senior Night at Sullivan Arena, prior to taking on the Penmen at SNHU Arena the next afternoon.