Men's Ice Hockey edges Skidmore
New England College’s Emil Alengard (Linkoping, Sweden) would net both goals lifting the Pilgrims past the visiting Skidmore College Thoroughbreds 2-0 Saturday afternoon. With the win the Pilgrims improve to 2-0-0 on the season, while the loss drops the Thoroughbreds to 0-2-0 overall.
The two teams would battle evenly through much of the opening half as Skidmore would hold the slight 10-9 advantage in shots. It would be the Pilgrims who would get on the board in the first as Alengard would net his first collegiate goal assisted by Filip Bjork (Stockholm, Sweden) and Aki Uola (Turku, Finland) at the 15:20 mark.
The two teams would continue to battle back-and-forth throughout the second half as neither team would muster a goal and the Pilgrims would head into the final period holding on to the 1-0 lead. Skidmore would have several opportunities in the final period out shooting NEC 13-7 but Alengard would net an open-netter with 29 seconds remaining in regulation giving the Pilgrims the 2-0 victory.
Leading the way for Skidmore was Jonathan Watanabe (San Diego, Calif.) who finished with five shots.
Picking up the shutout win in net for the Pilgrims was Aaron Harvey (Milford, Nova Scotia) who finished with 33 saves. In net for Skidmore was Colin Bessey (Montclair, N.J.) who recorded 24 saves on the evening.