MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team cruised past the visiting Cardinals from Wesleyan University, 7-1, on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the Saint Anselm Thanksgiving Tournament at Sullivan Arena.
The Hawks improve to 6-3-1 while the Cardinals drop to 2-3 on the season. The Hawks will finish the weekend with a contest against another New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponent, Trinity (Conn.), on Sunday at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Saint Anselm recorded its highest goals total in a single game since last season on Feb. 8 as they defeated Franklin Pierce, 7-3.
Senior Ryan Spillane (Franklin, Mass.) started the Hawks off with two first period goals to give the hosts a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Hawks would keep the momentum going as they scored three goals in the second period. Sophomore Anthony Iacullo (Barrington, Ill.) converted his first tally of the game at 1:47 into the second stanza which was followed by a sophomore Kilian Hammersmith (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) strike at 6:23 to extend the Hawks lead to 4-0.
Later in the period, freshman Andrew Andary (Macomb, Mich.) would find the back of the net at 13:44 to close out the second period out with a goal of his own.
Iacullo would not be done scoring as he scored a power-play goal 36 seconds into the final stanza off assists from junior Liam O'Sullivan (North Hampton, N.H.) and sophomore goaltender Michal Soustal (Unicov, Czech Republic). Iacullo registered his fifth goal of the season and his 14th of his career.
Two minutes later, senior Mike Ferraro (Northbridge, Mass.) included himself in the Hawks scoring, burying a goal which increased the Hawks lead to 7-0. Ferraro is now riding a five-game point streak, scoring three goals with as many assists for six points (3-3=6) since Nov. 16.
On a power-play opportunity, Walker Harris of the Cardinals denied the Hawks chance for a shutout at 15:43 of the third.
Soustal finished with 26 saves, capturing his third win of the season. Matteo Esposito of the Cardinals stopped 27 shots in the opening two periods before Matt Huston ended the contest in the final period with 11 saves.
Ferraro and Iacullo posted a team-high seven faceoff victories each. Saint Anselm controlled most of the possession as they held a 38-26 shots advantage.