Saint Anselm 3, Connecticut College 1 Essery Stops 42 Shots for Camels

Saint Anselm 3, Connecticut College 1 Essery Stops 42 Shots for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior forward Mark Meads (Middleton, Mass.) scored twice to lead the Saint Anselm College Hawks to a 3-1 victory at Connecticut College Tuesday night.

The Hawks improved their record to 8-4-1 with the triumph, while the Camels had their two game winning streak snapped, falling to 3-7-2 overall.

Vin D'Amato (Sutton, Mass.) chipped in with a second period goal.

Sophomore Shane Joyce (Pembroke, Mass.) made 24 saves in goal to secure the victory for the visitors.

Connecticut College senior Joe Birmingham (Medford, N.J.) potted his team-leading eighth goal of the season for the Camels. Joe Giordano (Ellington, Conn.) and Greg Liautaud (Butler, N.J.) assisted on the goal.

Ausin Essery (Rockfall, Conn.) stopped 42 of 44 shots faced in the loss for the Camels.

The Camels opened the scoring on their power play. Saint Anselm was trying to clear the puck but Liautaud collected a steal on his forecheck. Liautaud delivered a pass to Giordano who found Birmingham open and the senior went top shelf to make it a 1-0 game.

Saint Anselm had a great chance to tie the game on their power play in the closing moments of the first.  Junior Peter Sikalis (Acton, Mass) fired a slap shot from the point but Essery was able to close the pads for the save and the Camels carried the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

In the middle period, the Hawks evened the game at one with 1:55 remaining in the frame when D'Amato flicked one in from the slot with assists coming from Bryan Green (Weymouth, Mass.) and Justin Longo (Wakefield, Mass.).

The Hawks took the lead for good when Meads was able to tap in a rebound with 13:19 remaining regulation.

Connecticut College pulled Essery with 1:05 to go but Meads was able to close out the game when his clear caromed off the boards and all the way through the Camel zone into the empty net. It was the senior's team-leading 12th goal of the season.

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