MANCHESTER, N.H. – Despite outshooting the Penmen from Southern New Hampshire University 20-5 in the third period, the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team was unable to come out on top and lost 4-3 on Friday night at Sullivan Arena.
The Hawks drop to 3-3-1 overall on the year while ending their undefeated streak in Northeast-10 Conference play. The Penmen scored three goals on special teams (two power play, one short-handed) to remain perfect in the NE10 as they own a 4-0 record versus league opponents. Southern New Hampshire improved to 6-1 overall on the early season.
Saint Anselm started the game with a 2-0 lead after the first nine minutes of action. Sophomore Anthony Iacullo (Barrington, Ill.) and senior Ryan Spillane (Franklin, Mass.) found the back of the net midway through the first period. Both Hawks student-athletes posted their third goal of the season.
The Penmen followed with a power-play goal of their own at 10:38 in the opening period from James Nash. The Hawks headed into the locker room with a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
Less than a minute into the second half, Kyle Galloway notched the game up at two. The Penmen were not done scoring in the second period as they climbed to a 4-2 lead with tallies from George Thurston and DJ Goldstein.
The Hawks responded out of the second intermission with a goal from sophomore Kilian Hammersmith (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) only 55 seconds into the third period. Junior Liam O'Sullivan (North Hampton, N.H.) and Iacullo had the assists on the tally. Hammersmith recorded his first goal of the season and the fifth of his career. The Hawks controlled the remainder of the third period but none of their shots converted for the equalizer.
Senior Mike Ferraro (Northbridge, Mass.) won 12 of his 19 face-off opportunities. Freshman Nick Howard (Burlington, Mass.) totaled 20 saves and his counterpart, Kurt Gutting, earned the victory as he stopped 53 shots and improved to 4-1. The Hawks had a 53-24 shots advantage.
The Hawks will head to Post University on Saturday, Nov. 23 for a 7 p.m. matchup.