Purple Knights suffer setback to Saint Anselm in NE-10 opener

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team fell to Saint Anselm College, 5-0, on Saturday at Sullivan Arena. With the loss, the Purple Knights drop to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East, while the Hawks improve to 3-2-1 and 3-2-1. The contest was also the first Northeast-10 Conference game for both teams. The Hawks have won seven of the 13 NE-10 Championships while winning the conference crown in each of the last three seasons.

Senior Eric McGuirk (Rehoboth, Mass./Bridgewater Bandits) stopped a career-best 37 shots for the Purple Knights, holding Saint Anselm to just two goals over the opening 56:42.

Sophomore Liam McKillop (New York, N.Y./New York Bobcats) recorded a pair of goals for Saint Anselm, while senior Tim King (Weymouth, Mass./Bridgewater Bandits) picked up a goal and two assists. Senior Tucker Mullin (Andover, Mass./Phillips Andover) had a goal and an assist, and junior Eric Czapka (Holland, Pa./South Shore Kings) netted a goal. Senior Mike Richard (Derry, N.H./New England Huskies) notched a pair of assists, while junior Nick Dries (Commerce Township, Mich./Bay State Breakers) made 21 saves  to record the shutout.

McKillop scored on the power play to give Saint Anselm a 1-0 lead 16:09 into the opening period and found the back of the net for a second time 7:49 into the second period. Saint Anselm notched three goals in the final 3:17 of the game, as Czapka scored 16:43 into the frame, King tallied 18:01 into the period, and Mullin added a goal with 30 ticks remaining.

The Purple Knights are back in action on Tuesday, when they host the State University of New York at Canton for a 7 p.m. tilt.