Feb. 5, 2010

Box Score

MANCHESTER, NH - The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team hosted University of Massachusetts Boston this evening in an ECAC East Conference matchup. After a slow start, the Hawks' offense blossomed in the second half, as they skated to a 5-1 victory over the Beacons. The win lifts the Hawks to 9-7-1 (7-6-1 ECAC East), while UMass Boston falls to 9-9-1 (5-8-1 ECAC East).

The first half hour of play was quiet, but at 9:04 in the second period, freshman Tucker Mullin (Andover, MA) received a pass from Paul Snell (Groton, MA) near the blue line and slapped a hard shot past goaltender Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) to put the Hawks on the board. Five minutes later at 14:24, Coleman Noonan (Norfolk, MA) and Ryan Holley (Owings, MD) set up Michael DeVita (Annandale, NJ) close to the net on the right side, who flipped in the Hawks' second goal of the game.

Just 1:20 into the third period, DeVita got the puck again, and knocked in his own rebound to put the Hawks up 3-0. Four minutes later, Ryan Holley took a pass from Noonan and DeVita to add a fourth goal to the Hawks' offense, the third consecutive goal from the line consisting of DeVita, Holley, Noonan, John Hennessey (Westwood, MA), who assisted the Hawks' third goal, and Mike Richard (Derry, NH).

At 7:11, DeVita got the puck on a breakaway, but before he could take a clean shot, sophomore defenseman Wayne Sands (Chalfant, PA) pulled him down from behind to force a penalty shot. DeVita, facing the possibility of his first career hat trick, drove the puck in from center ice, but was unable to get by Donovan, who made the save.

At 12:17, sophomore forward Bryan Albert (Redlands, CA) put the Beacons on the board, netting a power-play goal during a 4-on-3 advantage situation for his fifth tally of the season with an assist from senior forward Anthony Cosmano (Wheaton, IL) and freshman forward Michael Crowder (Flint, MI). At 16:06, John Penny (Andover, MA) added another goal for the Hawks, assisted by Timothy King (Weymouth, MA), to give the Hawks a 5-1 victory.

Hawk goaltender Alex Wyse (Amherst, NY), who was honored before the game in the Hawks' Senior Day celebration, made 37 saves in the game to pick up his fifth victory of the season. Donovan turned aside 34 shots for UMass Boston.

The Hawks return to action tomorrow evening, when they host the Babson College Beavers in an ECAC East conference game beginning at 4:00 p.m., while the Beacons travel to Henniker, NH to take on ECAC East foe New England College at 4:30 p.m.

Material provided in this report courtesy of Saint Anselm College Sports Information.