Ehl leads Pilgrims to conference win
New England College’s Mark Ehl (N. Vancouver, B.C.) scored two goals and dished out two assists leading the Pilgrims past the visiting St. Michael’s College Purple Knights 5-3 Friday evening. With the win the Pilgrims improve to 12-6-0 on the season, while the loss drops the Purple Knights to 6-8-2 overall.
St. Michael’s wouldn’t waste much time getting on the board as Chris Healey (Salem, N.H.) would score on a break-away just 5:23 into the opening period. The Pilgrims would respond quickly as Bill McGinnis (Williams Lake, B.C.) would net his fifth goal of the season knotting the game at 1-1. The Purple Knights would regain the lead just under a minute later as Reave MacKinnon (Winnipeg, Manitoba) would put in a pass from Nicholas Sheehan (Potsdam, N.Y.)
The offense would continue in the opening period as NEC’s Mark Ehl would net his first goal of the evening, converting on a Pilgrim power-play at the 11:29 mark tying the game at 2-2. NEC would strike one more time in the first as Emil Alengard (Linkoping, Sweden) would score with just 26 seconds remaining in the first to send the Pilgrims into the first intermission up 3-2.
NEC would extend their lead to 4-2 just minutes into the second period as Alex Muse (Lynnfield, Mass.) would score at the 2:21 mark. St. Michael’s would have an answer as David Vorozilchak (Clark Summit, Pa.) would cut the NEC lead to one goal scoring 5:57 into the second period. NEC’s Ehl would respond exactly a minute later as he would score his second goal of the evening assist by Muse and McGinnis.
The defenses would settle down for the remainder of the second period and the entire third period as neither team would be able to muster a goal. The Pilgrims finished the game with the 39-24 advantage in shots as they were able to hold on for the 5-3 victory.
Picking up the win in net for NEC was Aaron Harvey (Milford, Nova Scotia) who recorded 21 saves on the evening. In net for St. Michael’s was Tyler Bilton (Penticton, B.C.) who finished with 34 saves.