MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team opened Northeast-10 Conference play with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Purple Knights of Saint Michael's College on Saturday afternoon.
Thanks to senior Trey Aiello (Williamsburg, Va.) and his game-winning overtime tally, the Hawks earned their first conference win of the season and improve to 2-2 on the early year. The visiting Purple Knights suffered their first loss of the 2019-20 campaign and drop to 2-1-1.
As the game was heading toward a 2-2 final score after overtime, Aiello buried the game winner with 16 seconds remaining in the overtime period. Senior Dave Almeida (Bristol, R.I.) sent a pass around the boards to junior John Femia (Canton, Mass.) who gathered the puck behind the net. He quickly saw the open Aiello at the left faceoff circle and fed him for the game winner.
The contest started with a goal from senior Mike Ferraro (Northbridge, Mass.) at 13:13 of the first period. After stealing a pass in the Purple Knights' attacking end, Ferraro sped up the ice and drilled a shot for the first goal of the game. Ferraro's tally held up as the lone goal before Sel Narby buried the equalizer at 4:12 of the second period.
Later in the period, Andy Ide converted a scoring opportunity at 12:05 of the second. Ide's goal came from a William Santageli dish.
Trailing by one heading into the third period, Ferraro kept his scoring ways going and uncorked a shot into the back of the net on a power-play opportunity. Junior Liam O'Sullivan (North Hampton, N.H.) sent a pass through the slot over to the right faceoff circle for Ferraro to put into the back of the net.
Freshman goaltender Nick Howard (Burlington, Mass.) earned his second win of his early career, stopping 27-of-29 shots faced. Tim Decker of the Purple Knights recorded 46 saves en route to the loss. Sophomore Anthony Iacullo (Barrington, Ill.) won 14 of his 22 face-offs. Saint Anselm generated most of the offense through the contest and finished with a 49-29 shots advantage.
The Hawks will travel to Stonehill for back-to-back road games on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16.