HENNIKER, N.H. – The New England College Men's Ice Hockey team extended their unbeaten streak to 14 games by downing Skidmore College in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action, 3-0.
With the win, the Pilgrims improve to 13-3-5 overall with a 7-3-5 record in the NEHC. Skidmore will fall to 11-8-2 overall with a 7-5-2 record in the NEHC.
Period 1 – 04:09 | NEC – Nikita Pintusov (Chris Maratea and Carlos Fornaris)
Period 3 – 13:30 | NEC – Keenan Haase (Daniel Bergqvist and William Riise)
Period 3 – 16:41 | NEC – Keenan Haase (Daniel Bergqvist and CJ Valerian)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Prior to the contest, the seniors of the men's ice hockey program were honored for their hard work and dedication to Pilgrims Hockey. In a packed Lee Clement Arena, the Pilgrims took advantage of home ice and struck quickly. Carlos Fornaris set up the offense on the right wall. He passed the puck towards the blue line to Chris Maratea, who fired a shot on goal. A rebound found its way onto Nikita Pintusov's stick and he made no mistake with his shot earning the Pilgrims a 1-0 lead. The Pilgrims outshot the Thoroughbreds by an 11-2 margin in the first period as that would be the only goal scored in the frame.
A scoreless second period would make way for an important third period as the Pilgrims held the narrowest of leads. It was not until the 13th minute of the period when Keenan Haase struck for his first of two goals in the period. Haase fired a backhand shot into the back of the goal to double the lead. Just over three minutes later, Haase tallied his second goal of the contest, which nearly put the game out of reach with the time remaining on the clock.
Anthony Pupplo made 31 saves in the complete game shutout. He is now 10-3-5 on the season. His counterpart, Brandon Kasel, made 41 saves on the 43 shots he faced in the losing effort.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-This was the 31st meeting all-time between the two schools. The Pilgrims hold a 20-10-1 record against the Thoroughbreds.
-The teams split the season series as both home teams earned wins in the matchups.
-For Haase, this was the second multi-goal performance of his career.
-In home games, the Pilgrims finished 9-0-3 during the regular season.
Tuesday, January 29th, at Framingham State University, 7:30 p.m.