Purple Knights score late to force overtime before falling at New England College, 4-3

HENNIKER, N.H. - Sophomore Jacob Andersson (Mjolby, Sweden/Mjolby) tallied the game-winner 2:19 into overtime, as the Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team fell to New England College, 4-3, in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action on Friday at Lee Clement Arena. After the loss, the Purple Knights drop to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in the league, while the Pilgrims, who are receiving votes in this week's U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) national poll, improve to 4-1-1 and 3-1-1.

First-year Kevin Altidor (Montreal, Quebec/Millbrook School) notched his first collegiate points, as he picked up a goal and an assist for Saint Michael's. Senior Josh Geary (Wellesley, Mass./Phillips Andover Academy) and sophomore AJ Pieprzak (Barrie, Ontario/Ridley College) also scored, while sophomore William Côté (Quebec City, Quebec/Rice Memorial Prep) tallied a pair of assists. Senior Mike Dizgun (Montreal, Quebec/OCN Blizzard) made 16 saves.

Senior Johan Qvarfordt (Sodertalje, Sweden/Sodertalje Hockey Club) added a goal and an assist for New England College, junior Ben Maclaughlin (Beverly, Mass./Yarmouth Mariners) recorded a goal, and senior Shawn Sirman (Blezard Valley, Ontario/University of Maine) stopped 11 shots.

Qvarfordt put the Pilgrims on the board 23 seconds into the game before Pieprzak knotted the score at one apiece 14:22 into the opening period. The Purple Knights grabbed a 2-1 advantage when Altidor found the back of the net just 48 ticks into the second frame. Maclaughlin converted a power-play goal 9:53 into the third period before Andersson gave New England College a 3-2 lead over four minutes later, at 14:21. Geary notched the game-tying goal for Saint Michael's with 3:05 remaining in regulation to eventually send the game to overtime.

However, on the only shot on goal during overtime for either team, Andersson won the game at 2:19. Between the two squads, only 34 shots were sent on goal in the entire contest.

The Purple Knights are back on the ice tomorrow when they travel to face Saint Anselm College for their Northeast-10 Conference opener at 3 p.m., a match-up that also counts toward the ECAC East standings.