Maine Hockey Journal

St. Anselm rallies past UNE in early day action

The St. Anslem College Hawks overcame a two-goal deficit to rally for a 4-2 victory over the University of New England Nor’easters in an ECAC East men’s ice hockey game played Saturday afternoon.

First-year defenseman Jonathan Grandinetti scored the only goal of the first period to give the Nor’easters a 1-0 lead, then sophomore forward Mike Tiano made the score 2-0 early in the second with his first goal of the season.

The host Hawks cut their deficit in half at 5:43 of the second on a goal by Tucker Mullin and would later tie the contest with 15 minutes elapsed on Coleman Noonan’s ninth goal. Both Mullin and Noonan scored on the power play.

St. A’s Nick Wheeler notched the game-winner on an unassisted goal at 4:10 of the final frame. The Hawks would tack on an empty-net goal with one second to play to up their record to 6-4 overall and move into a tie for second place in the ECAC East with a 4-3 mark.

Kevin Fairweather made 31 saves for St. Anslem, which held a 43-33 advantage in shots on goal. Junior Mike Roper was credited with 39 saves — 31 over the final two periods — for UNE.

The Nor’easters (1-10, 0-7 ECAC) return to action Tuesday (Jan. 12) when they head to Rindge, N.H. for a non-league game at Franklin Pierce University.

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