Men's Ice Hockey holds on for win over Wentworth
New England College’s Mark Ehl (N. Vancouver, B.C.) would net what would eventually be the game-winner in the third period lifting the Pilgrims past the visiting Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards 3-2 Tuesday evening. With the win the Pilgrims remain undefeated on the season improving to 4-0-0 overall. The loss drops the visiting Leopards to 5-4-0 on the season.
The Pilgrims would open the scoring midway through the first period as Jared Mullen (Roanoke, Va.) would net his first collegiate goal rebounding in a shot from Alex Muse (Lynnfield, Mass.) at the 8:45 mark. The two teams would battle through the remainder of the first scoreless as the Pilgrims would hold the 13-6 lead in shots on goal and head into the first intermission up 1-0.
NEC would extend their lead early in the second period as Emil Alengard (Linkoping, Sweden) would score off a nice pass from Olli Kalliosaari (Hattula, Finland) just 4:28 into the period. Again the two teams would tighten the defense for the remainder of the period as neither team would score and each team would record seven shots on net in the second.
Wentworth would get on the board early in the third period as Jeff Olitch (Calgary, Alberta) would score his team-high ninth goal of the season converting on a Leopard power-play just 1:55 into the period. NEC’s Mark Ehl would give the Pilgrims a bit of breathing room as he would net his third goal of the season assisted by Aki Uola (Turku, Finland) putting NEC up 3-1 with just under ten minutes remaining in regulation. The Leopard offense would not give up as Derek Rupert (Louisville, N.Y.) would score off a nice pass from Skylur Jameson (Long Beach, Calif.) at the 14:11 mark cutting the Pilgrim lead to 3-2. Wentworth would have several opportunities late in the period but the NEC defense would hold strong as the Pilgrims would edged the Leopards 3-2.
Picking up the win in net for the Pilgrims was Aaron Harvey (Milford, Nova Scotia) who finished with 18 saves. In net for Wentworth was Justin Marriott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) who finished the evening with 24 saves.