FPU men’s hockey earns first win of the season

Published: 11/1/2018 12:53:11 AM

Junior forward Alex Lester dished out four assists on the night – one in the first, one in the second and two in the third – to lead the Franklin Pierce University men’s ice hockey team to a 5-2 victory in their home opener at the Jason Ritchie Ice Arena on Tuesday. Franklin Pierce got goals from five different players, including a pair who notched their first collegiate tallies, in the non-conference win.

With the win, Franklin Pierce improves to 1-1-0, while Anna Maria falls to 0-2-0 in its inaugural campaign.

The Ravens put home the only two goals of the first period to take a lead they would never relinquish on Tuesday night.

The opening salvo came at the 8:15 mark, in a 4-on-4 situation. Freshman forward Sean Crowley was able to bang home his first collegiate goal from the top of the crease, while senior defenseman Blaise Kilroy and junior defenseman Mark Indelicato picked up the assists.

Another first career tally came at 16:51, when freshman forward Anthony Nikolopoulos put a rebound home from the bottom of the left-wing circle. Indelicato picked up his second helper of the period, while Lester chalked up the first of his four assists on the night. The four-point night would wind up as a career-best for Lester.

Anna Maria cut the deficit in half just 70 seconds into the second period, but the Ravens would regain the two-goal lead before the period closed, as they struck on a two-man advantage at the 18:05 mark. With the puck along the right-wing half boards, junior forward Cameron Shepardson stepped out into the circle and sent a centering pass into the middle. The puck ticked off the heel of Lester’s stick and continued on to junior forward James Morrissey at the bottom of the left-wing circle. Morrissey had the finish from there, for his first goal of the season.

Franklin Pierce pushed the lead out to 4-1 just 63 seconds into the third period. The initial shot on the play came courtesy of senior forward Nate Indelicato, who was stymied from the right circle. Lester had the follow-up opportunity from the slot, but was turned aside as well, by Anna Maria freshman goaltender Mark Siegel. The third time was the charm for the Ravens, as Kilroy put away the ensuing rebound for his first goal of the year.

Anna Maria struck on a two-man advantage at 12:39 to make it a two-goal game again.

The Ravens created the 5-2 final with a power-play marker at 18:54, with some nifty passing. From the right circle, Shepardson started things by slinging a pass across the slot, to Lester in the left-wing circle. Lester immediately went back against the grain, and found Nate Indelicato at the bottom of the right circle to set up the latter’s first goal of the season. Lester became just the fourth player in program history to record four assists in a single game.

Sophomore goaltender Ian Wallace finished with 34 saves against 36 shots on goal to pick up the win (1-1-0) in the crease for Franklin Pierce.

The Ravens return to the ice on Friday when they travel to Worcester State for a non-conference contest. Opening faceoff is set for 4:40 p.m. at Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center in Worcester, Mass.

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