Men's Ice Hockey grabs win over Curry
New England College use three second period goals and two third period tallies to help lift the Pilgrims past the visiting Curry College Colonels 5-2 Tuesday evening. With the win the Pilgrims improve to 5-2-0 overall, while the loss drops the visiting Colonels to 7-2-0 on the season.
The two teams would battle evenly through a scoreless opening period as the Pilgrims would hold just a slight advantage in shots on goal with nine compared to the Colonels seven.
NEC would break the scoring drought early in the second period as Alex Muse (Lynnfield, Mass.) would shovel in a shot assisted by Bill McGinnis (Williams Lake, B.C.) just 3:08 into the period. The Pilgrims would extend their lead to 2-0 just minutes later as Olli Kalliosaari (Hattula, Finland) would rebound in a shot from Aki Uola (Turju, Finland) at the 6:02 mark. NEC would go on to add another goal late in the period as Sean Gray (Pickering, Onatario) would net his first collegiate goal firing in a shot from the blue line giving the Pilgrims the 3-0 lead heading into the second intermission.
The Colonels would have an answer early in the third period as Curry’s Shane Geib (Stony Plain, Alberta) would net his second goal of the season assisted by Sean Sylvester (Randolph, N.J.) and Zachary Cardella (Spokane, Wash.) just 47 seconds into the period. NEC’s Dylan Exton (Calgary, Alberta) would get the goal back scoring his second goal of the season at the 13:59 mark. Curry would add another goal as Ross Enmark (Shelby Township, Mich.) would float one by the Pilgrims defense cutting the NEC lead to 4-2 with just under two minutes remaining in regulation. The Pilgrims would add a late empty-netter just 30 seconds later as NEC would secure the 5-2 victory.
Leading the way for NEC was Exton, Kalliosaari and Emil Alengard (Likoping, Sweden) who each scored a goal and dished out an assist. Leading the way for Curry was Enmark and Geib who each scored a goal and Sylvester who picked up two assists.
Picking up the win in net for the Pilgrims was Aaron Harvey (Milford, Nova Scotia) who finished with 23 saves. In goal for the Colonels was Zachary Cardella who finished with 35 saves and picked up an assist.