Feb. 7, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore forward Coleman Noonan (Norfolk, MA) matched a career-high with two goals to lead the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 4-1, today in an Eastern College Athletic Conference contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 7-12-2 overall and 3-11-1 in ECAC East play, while the Hawks improve to 7-11-1 and 5-9-1.
Saint Anselm got on the board first when senior forward Matthew Lowe (Stoughton, MA) opened the scoring with his second goal of the season on a helper from sophomore forward John Penny (Andover, MA) and freshman defenseman Nick Rossi (Smithtown, NY) just 78 seconds into the game for a 1-0 edge. Penny and Rossi facilitated the Hawks second score as well, setting up sophomore forward Ryan Butler (Arlington, MA) for his fifth tally of the year at 14:58 of the opening period for a 2-0 margin, before UMass Boston cut the deficit in half with just 1:28 left in the first period on freshman defenseman Brians Marks' (Brownville, NY) first collegiate goal, courtesy of a helper from classmate Anthony Fitti (Havertown, PA) to pull to within 2-1.
Noonan netted the contest's final two goals with both coming on the power play for Saint Anselm. Senior blueliner Mike Nunzianto (Guilford, CT) and sophomore forward Paul Snell (Groton, MA) found him at 4:23 for the second period's only goal, before Butler and Nunzianto hooked up with Noonan for his eighth goal of the year and a 4-1 Hawks' advantage with 3:36 to go in the game.
Sophomore Kevin Fairweather (Woburn, MA) was outstanding in his first game of the campaign for Saint Anselm, turning away 31 shots and helped to hold the Beacons scoreless on five power play chances to earn the victory, while junior Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) made 29 saves for the home team.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, February 13 when it travels to Williamstown, MA for a 7:00 p.m. tilt at Williams College, while the Hawks travel to Henniker, NH on Tuesday, February 10 for a Northeast 10 match-up vs. Southern New Hampshire University at 7:30 p.m.