MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team was tripped up by visiting Anna Maria College on Saturday in non-conference play. The AMCATS came out of Sullivan Arena with a 4-2 victory over the Hawks.
Saint Anselm falls to 7-7-1 on the season while Anna Maria, competing in its second season as a varsity program, ups its record to 8-3-3 following the win. The Hawks head to Salem State on Wednesday, Jan. 8 for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Vikings.
Anna Maria scored the game's first three goals, ultimately building a 4-1 lead after two periods. The AMCATS fired only 10 shots on goal through the first 40 minutes and despite a 25-to-3 advantage in shots taken by Saint Anselm in the second period, the Hawks trailed by three heading into the third.
Junior John Femia (Canton, Mass.) scored the lone goal of the third period, backhanding home a shot off a tough angle to keep Saint Anselm in the game by cutting the visitors lead to two goals. The AMCATS were able to hold on to the victory despite 10 shots by Saint Anselm in the third period.
Freshman Matt Hayes (Salem, N.H.) put the Hawks on the scoreboard in the middle of the second period, putting home a shot off the post and in. Initially waved off by the officials, the play was discussed at the game's next stoppage. A goal was awarded to Hayes, who was set up by senior Liam O'Sullivan (North Hampton, N.H.) and freshman Mark Leach (Londonderry, N.H.), to put the home team on the scoreboard.
Anna Maria's Jack Sitzman, ranking third in NCAA Division II with 1.86 points per game, punished the Hawks with two goals and an assist to help his team to the win. Nick Kukuris put Anna Maria ahead only 3:53 in as his team never looked back, using back-to-back Sitzman goals to create a 3-0 lead only 25:34 into the contest.
Sam Cyr-Ledoux was credited with his team's final goal at 11:30 of the second quarter. After a brilliant save by Hawks backstop Michal Soustal, the rebound kicked off a Hawks defender and into the vacant net.
Soustal conceded five goals on 14 shots, drawing the loss. Sophomore Alex Daccord (North Andover, Mass.) made his collegiate debut in goal for the Hawks in the game's final 26:37, making saves on all eight shots that he faced.
Julius Huset made 42 saves for the AMCATS, who were outshot in the game by a 44-17 margin.