SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Saint Michael's College Purple Knights received goals from six different players to defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 6-2, Friday evening in the teams season-opening, ECAC Men's East game at Cairns Arena.
The Purple Knights exploded for four goals in the second period, including two within a span of 15 seconds late in the period that broke up a close game. Special teams played a big role for the Purple Knights as they converted 3 of 8 power-play opportunities while killing all seven short-handed situations they faced.
Leading 3-2 in the final two minutes of the second period, Saint Michael's increased its lead on a goal by sophomore Justin Castagna (Los Alamitos, Calif.) at 18:53. Fifteen seconds later, classmate Alex Davidson (South Burlington, Vt.) lit the lamp to make it 5-2 after two periods.
Sophomore Josh Geary (Wellesley, Mass.) tacked on a power-play marker 49 seconds into the third period to give the hosts a comfortable margin.
Junior Brady Earle (Columbia, Md.) gave the Purple Knights a 1-0 lead at 18:23 of the first period with a power-play marker. The lead lasted just 27 seconds until sophomore Dustin Rider (Farmington, Conn.) equalized for the Huskies.
Senior Nick Sheehan (Potsdam, N.Y.) snapped the tie at 7:34 of the second, giving the Purple Knights the lead for good. Senior Glenn Bellmore (Cornwall, Ontario) upped the margin to 3-1 at 12:38. Senior Paul Conter (Woodbridge, Ontario) pulled the Huskies within one at 14:41, set up by Rider and sophomore Tom Gosselin (Lewiston, Maine).
The Purple Knights enjoyed a 48-31 advantage in shots on goal, including a 20-11 edge in the third period. Sophomore Mike Dizgun (Kirkland, Quebec) had 29 saves for the Purple Knights. Junior Mason St. Hilaire (Saco, Maine) registered 23 saves over two period for the Huskies before rookie Braely Torris (Eckville, Alberta) came on to stop 19 of 20 shots in the final period.
Southern Maine travels to Northfield, Vt., on Saturday (4:00 p.m.) to play top-ranked Norwich University. Saint Michael's looks to make it two in a row on Saturday (4:00 p.m.) when it hosts the University of New England.