Connecticut College 2, Saint Anselm College 1 Birmingham Scores Twice, Essery Collects 28 Saves for Camels

Connecticut College 2, Saint Anselm College 1 Birmingham Scores Twice, Essery Collects 28 Saves for Camels

MANCHESTER, N.H.--Junior Joe Birmingham (Medford, N.J.) scored his team leading eighth and ninth goals of the season and sophomore Austin Essery (Rockfall, Conn.) had 28 saves  to lead the Connecticut College men's hockey team to a 2-1 victory at Saint Anselm College Tuesday night.

The Camels even their record to 5-5-2 while extending their unbeaten streak to six games with the victory in the Queen City of Manchester.

The Hawks slipped to 5-8-1 with the setback.

Connecticut College was a perfect 4-for-4 on its penalty kill and has now effectively negated the extra man advantage for its opponent on 15 consecutive shorthanded situations, a streak that covers the past four games.

Junior forward Bryan Sullivan (Burlington, Mass.) potted his fourth goal of the season with four seconds remaining in regulation for the hosts.

Rookie net-minder Shane Joyce (Pembroke, Mass.) finished with 15 saves in the setback.  

Each side was assessed with three penalties in the opening frame but neither team could take advantage and the game was scoreless after one.

But with 4:18 remaining in the second period, the Camels finally broke through on the power play.

Will Leedy (Farmers Branch, Texas) assisted Birmingham for a score to vault the visiting Camels out to a 1-0 advantage.

Then, with 9:32 remaining in the contest Birmingham added an insurance goal that proved to be the diference maker.  Senior JC Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.) assisted with his 66th collegiate point and Greg Liautaud (Butler, N.J.) added the second assist.

Sullivan added his goal in the closing seconds but it was not enough.