MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team lost to the visiting New England College, 4-1, in Saturday's exhibition contest at Sullivan Arena.
Saint Anselm lost by a three-goal margin despite outshot the Pilgrims, 33-24, after recording double-digit amounts in the final two periods.
The Pilgrims came out strong in the opening period. The first goal came at 14:19 of the first period on a goal by Connor Inger. Alex Laplante and Devlin MacCauley cycled the puck around the slot and found Inger in the slot, helping to put his team up 1-0.
Senior Sean Verrier (Reading, Mass.) scored the equalizer at 2:51 of the second period on a short-handed opportunity. The Pilgrims would not go down quietly as they finished the stanza with two goals by Patrick DeBlois and Bernie McGovern.
Each team battled back-and-forth in the third period with neither converting for a score. Head Coach Larry Rocha '79 pulled sophomore Michal Soustal (Unicov, Czech Republic) in the final seconds of the third, attempting to cut the deficit with an extra man. Nicolas Rein ended any Hawks comeback attempt, burying a shot into the empty net with four seconds left to clinch the win for the Pilgrims.
Sophomore Anthony Iacullo (Barrington, Ill.) finished the day with a team-high nine faceoff wins. In net for the Hawks, Soustal posted 23 saves. Soustal's counterpart, Anthony Pupplo, recorded 33 saves.
The Hawks officially start their 51st season as a varsity program on Friday, Nov. 1 as they host Lebanon Valley at 7 p.m.