Southern Maine Falls to Saint Anselm in Men's Ice Hockey 4-1

Forward Derek Tillotson (file photo by Jason Johns).
Forward Derek Tillotson (file photo by Jason Johns).

Huskies Travel to Bowdoin on Tuesday (7 p.m.)

            GORHAM, Maine -- Rookie goalie Nick Howard (Burlington, Mass.) stopped 27 shots and four different players scored goals as the visiting Saint Anselm College Hawks knocked off the University of Southern Maine Huskies by a score of 4-1 in a non-conference men's ice hockey game Saturday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win was the second straight for the Hawks who improved to 9-7-1 overall.  The Huskies dropped their second straight game sliding to 4-8-2 overall.

            Howard came up big in the third period while protecting a two-goal lead.  The rookie made 13 saves in the period, including a point-blank stop on sophomore Adam Withers (Kenora, Ontario).

            Senior Sean Verrier (Reading, Mass.), rookie Chris Lemay (Salem, N.H.), sophomore Kilian Hammersmith (Glen Ellyn, Ill) and junior John Femia (Canton, Mass.) had the goals for the Hawks.

            Southern Maine's lone goal came off the stick of sophomore Derek Tillotson (Bow, N.H.) in the latter stages of the first period to tie the score at 1-1.  Sophomore goalie Peter Ciccarelli (Chelmsford, Mass.), making his first start of the season, had 28 saves before being lifted for the extra attacker with 44 seconds to play.

            Verrier gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 5:47 of the first period.  Stationed just to the left of the goal, Verrier was in the right place to collect the rebound of a shot from junior Shawn Moors (Pointe Claire, Quebec) and fired the puck into the open side.

            Southern Maine got even before the end of the period as Tillotson carried the puck from center ice into the offensive zone, then snapped a 30-foot wrist shot into the top left corner over Howard's blocker.  Sophomore Brendan Dowler (New Preston, Conn.) and senior Brock Padgham (Chilliwack, B.C.) picked up the assists.

            Lemay got what proved to be the game winner at 6:38 of the middle period.  The first-year center won a faceoff back to freshman Jack Murphy (Marshfield, Mass.) who fired a low drive that Ciccarelli stopped, but the rebound was there for Lemay to flip a short shot over the outstretched left pad.

            Hammersmith finished off some nifty passing from rookie Andrew Andary (Macomb, Mich.) and Femia, beating Ciccarelli over the left pad at 13:46.

            Femia added an empty-net tally with 5.3 seconds left after taking a pass from Verrier.

            Saint Anselm finished the game with a 32-28 advantage in shots on goal.  Both sides were 0 for 3 on the power play.

            Southern Maine travels to Bowdoin College on Tuesday (7 p.m.) for a non-conference game.  Saint Anselm plays a two-game series, at home, next Friday and Saturday against Post University.