Men’s Ice Hockey Falls Behind Early in Loss to NEC

Alex K of the men's ice hockey team

WORCESTER, Mass.  – The Becker College men's ice hockey team fell behind early as the Pilgrims of New England College (NEC) scored three first period goals and held off the Hawks for a 3-0 victory in a Tuesday evening non-conference matchup at the Worcester Ice Center.



November 20, 2018
Worcester Ice Center
Score: NEC 3, Becker 0
Records: NEC (4-3-1) | Becker (0-8-1)



NEC took advantage of its first power play opportunity in the fifth minute when Connor Fries (Barnstable, Mass.) found the back of the net on helpers from Nikita Pintusov (Mogilev, Belarus) and Andreas Zollner (Varnamo, Sweden).  The Pilgrims added another goal three minutes later when Connor Dunn (Tri-Cities, Wash.) scored on assist from Zollner (his second of the game) and Nick Rein (Calgary, Alberta). The Pilgrims scored their second power play goal late in the first. This time, Martin Hallin (Sodertalje, Sweden) and Adam Zollner (Varnamo, Sweden) setup William Riise (Charlottenlund, Denmark) for the tally.  The Pilgrims led 3-0 heading into the second frame.



Becker saw a goaltender change at the beginning of the first as Cody Foster (Saugus, Calif.) relieved Grant Martens (Bloomington, Minn.) who stopped 22-of-25 shots on net in the first frame. In the second period, Foster turned away all 17 Pilgrim shots on net to keep NEC at three.  NEC's Anthony Pupplo (Shirley, N.Y.) set aside another seven shots on net in the second.



The third period was even, as each team fired off nine shots apiece.  Neither team was able to find the back of the net, which resulted in the 3-0 final score in favor of the Pilgirms.



  • In total, the Pilgrims outshot the Hawks 51-23.
  • NEC's Pupplo earned the win in net, shutting out his opponents with 23 saves.
  • Becker's Martens suffered the loss in a 22-save first period performance. Foster relieved Martens, and made 17 and nine stops, respectively, in the second and third periods.
  • NEC marked a 66.7% mark in power plays, which helped put them ahead early in the game.
  • Becker saw five power play opportunities, but were unable to capitalize.
  • Becker's Charles Costello (Philadelphia, Pa.) won a game-high 12 faceoffs in the setback.
  • Fries led the Pilgrims in faceoffs, winning 9-of-15.



The men's ice hockey team will break for Thanksgiving, and return to the ice on Saturday (Nov. 24) when they will host Fitchburg State at 3:40 p.m. in the first round of the Steve Hoar Tournament.



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