NEC men's ice hockey captured the 17th annual Middlebury College Holiday Classic Championship this past weekend. (photo courtesy of Middlebury College Athletics)
Men's Ice Hockey storm back from break
New England College men’s ice hockey captured the Middlebury College Holiday Classic Championship this past weekend with two huge wins over St. Anselm College and Curry College.
On Saturday afternoon the Pilgrims squared off against conference opponent St. Anselm College in the opening round of the tournament. The Pilgrims jumped out to an early 4-0 first period lead in route to a 7-0 win over the Hawks.
NEC scored an impressive three power-play goals; including two within 45 seconds in the second period giving the Pilgrims the 6- 0 lead. NEC would tack on an additional goal early in the third period as the Pilgrims would cruise to the 7-0 victory.
Leading the way for NEC was Jeff Armando (Canton, Mass.) who scored two power-play goals and had an assist. NEC’s Mark Ehl (N. Vancouver, B.C.) scored a goal and dished out four assists for the Pilgrims. Recording the shutout win in goal for NEC was Aaron Harvey (Milford, N.S.) who finished with 30 saves.
On Sunday NEC would capture the 17th annual Middlebury College Holiday Classic with a 4-2 win over Curry College.
The Pilgrims would get on the board midway through the opening period as Niko Uola (Turku, Finland) would net his second career goal giving NEC the 1-0 lead heading into the second.
The two teams would battle through much of the second period scoreless before Aki Uola (Turku, Finland) would score with just 1:18 remaining to give the Pilgrims the 2-0 lead. Curry would score early in the third period but NEC would get goals from Olli Kalliosaari (Hattula, Finland) and Emil Alengard (Linkoping, Sweden) as the Pilgrims would hold on for the 4-2 victory.
NEC goalie Aaron Harvey would finish the game with 25 saves and was named the tournament M.V.P. for his performance throughout the weekend. Earning all-tournament honors for NEC was Niko Uola and Trevor Turner (Westbank, B.C.)