Feb. 4, 2011
BOSTON, MA - Senior forward Coleman Noonan (Norfolk, MA) potted a pair of goals to lift Saint Anselm College over the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team, 4-2, this evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the decision, the Hawks improve to 9-6-1 overall and 7-6-1 in the ECAC East and the Beacons fall to 13-7-0 and 8-6 in conference play and extend their losing streak to three which is the longest of the year.
Despite a rather evenly matched opening 20 minutes, the Hawks were able to build a 2-0 advantage going into the first intermission. After a pair of pipe-to-pipe stops on shots by Saint Anselm sophomore forward Tim King (Weymouth, MA) and freshman defenseman Greg Crovo (Melrose, MA) by UMass Boston junior goalie Kevin Bendel (Denville, NJ), Bendel was left sprawled out on the ice and Noonan came along and flicked the puck up over Bendel at 9:52 with the teams playing 4-on-4 hockey. Noonan had another prime opportunity to add to the lead on a penalty shot at 14:03 after the Beacons were called for a delay-of-game penalty for tying up the puck in the crease, but Bendel came up with the save. Despite the setback, the Hawks ended up striking just 13 seconds later when King hit junior blueliner Ryan Holley (Owings, MD) cutting to the net for the two-goal lead. Noonan was also credited with an assist on the goal.
UMass Boston took advantage of its power play opportunity just 2:57 into the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1. Sophomore defenseman Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, MA) fired a slap shot from the point and sophomore forward Mike DeGrazia (Novi, MI) redirected it into the goal. Senior forward Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) also picked up an assist. Saint Anselm established a 3-1 lead on Noonan's second tally of the contest at 9:10 with the man-advantage, but the Beacons bounced back with another power play tally at 13:34. Senior forward Matt Atsoff (Macomb, MI) tipped a shot by Florentino after a pass from junior blueliner John Hubbard (Arlington, TX) started the cycle.
The Hawks picked up an insurance goal 3:49 into the third period when senior forward Nick Wheeler (Nashua, NH) outraced a UMass Boston defenseman to the puck and then spun around with the low strike to make it 4-2.
Freshman goalie Robert Kang (Glen Rock, NJ) made 33 stops in net for to earn the win, while Bendel finished with 28. Four of the six total goals scored in the game came on the power play as Saint Anselm went 2-for-5 and UMass Boston was 2-for-7.
Both teams return to action tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m. as the Beacons host New England College and the Hawks travel to Wellesley to face Babson College.