WORCESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College men's ice hockey team lost 7-2 to visiting Franklin Pierce University in game one of the Third Annual Steve Hoar Memorial Tournament on on Saturday afternoon at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center in Worcester.
November 30, 2019
Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center, Worcester, Mass.
Score: Franklin Pierce 7, Becker 2
Records: The Ravens of Franklin Pierce 6-2-1 | The Hawks of Becker 2-7
- The visiting Ravens wasted no time getting on the board, as Franklin Pierce sophomore forward Anthony Nikolopoulos (Burlington, Mass. / Boston Jr. Rangers) scored just 1:26 into the game, taking advantage of a sprawling keeper after a deflection. It was Nikolopoulos' first goal and first point of the season, and was assisted by senior forward Cameron Shepardson (Albany, N.Y. / Springfield Pics).
- Then 3:19 into the game, Franklin Pierce freshman forward Conor Foley (Nahant, Mass. / Middlesex Black Bears) scored his third goal of the season, assisted by sophomore forward Ryan Gorbett (Cleveland Heights, Ohio / Islanders Hockey Club) and junior forward Justin Blanchette (Monroe, Conn. / Connecticut Nighthawks) as the Ravens took a 2-0 lead.
- 6:06 into the first period, it was Gorbett scoring his fourth goal of the year to put Franklin Pierce ahead 3-0, assisted by Foley.
- The Ravens capitalized on penalties against the Hawks on their next two goals. Franklin Pierce sophomore forward Chris Stevenson (Arvada, Colo. / Northern Cyclones) scored on a power play with 10:14 to go in the first period, assisted by Gorbett and senior forward Alex Lester (Methuen, Mass. / Valley Jr. Warriors), last year's NE10 Player of the Year. It was Stevenson's fourth goal of the season.
- Again on a Ravens' power play with 7:08 remaining in the first, Franklin Pierce senior forward James Morrissey (West Haven, Conn. / Hartford Jr. Wolf Pack) scored his fourth goal of the year, assisted by Stevenson and senior defenseman Mark Indelicato (Pembroke, Mass. / Walpole Express). The visitors took a 5-0 lead into the first intermission.
- The Hawks finally cracked into the scoring column 2:13 into the second period off a power play when Becker junior forward Romain Wild (Mex, Switzerland / St. Norbert) scored his fifth goal of the season, assisted by senior forward Trey McMillen (Grapevine, Texas / Rochester Ice Hawks (NA3HL)) and freshman forward Ian Zaleski (Boise, Idaho / Helena Bighorns (NA3HL)). The Ravens still lead 5-1.
- Franklin Pierce soon answered 5:53 into the second when Nikolopoulos scored his second goal of the game and the season, assisted by sophomore forward Sean Crowley (Sandown, N.H. / Northern Cyclones) and graduate forward Sam Gagnon (Montreal, Quebec / Westfield State Univ.). The Ravens increased their lead back to five at 6-1.
- Then with 3:24 left in the second, Franklin Pierce senior forward Kyle Gosselin (Haverhill, Mass. / Northern Cyclones) scored his second goal of the year, assisted by Gorbett and Shepardson. It was Gotbett's third assist of the game and Shepardson's second. The Ravens took a 7-1 lead into the second intermission.
- With 11:30 remaining in the game, the Hawks picked up their second goal of the contest when Becker sophomore forward Tim Atkins (Greenfield, Mass. / Total Athletic Seahawks (EHL)) scored his first goal of the season, assisted by junior defenseman Phillip Garcia (Bronx, N.Y. / Finlandia), last week's Becker Athlete of the Week. The score now stood at 7-2. That would prove to hold up for the final.
FOR THE HAWKS OF BECKER
- Becker senior goalie Cody Foster (Saugus, Calif. / Tri-City IceHawks (USPHL)) entered the game in relief and stopped 28 of 31 shots in 50:14 minutes.
- Wild led the Hawks with five shots on goal.
FOR THE RAVENS OF FRANKLIN PIERCE
- Franklin Pierce sophomore goalie Kyle Martin (Westford, Mass. / Northern Cyclones) tallied 34 saves between the pipes, picking up his team-leading fourth win of the season.
- The Ravens enjoyed a 45-36 advantage in shots.
- Former Becker great Shaun Millerick (Class of 2014) was triumphant in his return home as the head coach of Franklin Pierce. Millerick was a protégé of Coach Hoar prior to his untimely passing. At 6-2-1, Millerick has the Ravens off to their best start of his tenure.
The Hawks and Ravens will be back on the ice tomorrow in the Coach Hoar Memorial Tournament, with opponents to be determined by the second game on Saturday.
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