Hermary Nets Twice as Men's Ice Hockey Defeats Franklin Pierce, 2-0, in Regular-Season Finale

Hermary Nets Twice as Men's Ice Hockey Defeats Franklin Pierce, 2-0, in Regular-Season Finale

WINCHENDON, Mass. - Senior Nic Hermary (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Melfort Mustangs) netted two goals while junior Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School) posted his second straight shutout in the Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team's 2-0 victory over Franklin Pierce University during Saturday afternoon's Northeast-10 Conference matchup at the Jason Ritchie Ice Arena. This was both teams' regular-season finale.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (7-15-4, 7-5-3 NE10), Franklin Pierce (10-15-1, 5-9-1 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Nic Hermary (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Melfort Mustangs), 2 goals
  • Senior Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School), 1 assist, 15-for-22 on faceoffs
  • First-year Matt Egan (Hingham, Mass./Kimball Union Academy), 1 assist
  • Junior Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School), 19 saves
  • Sophomore Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express), 13-for-16 on faceoffs
  • First-year Andy Ide (Barrington, R.I./Cushing Academy), 11-for-16 on faceoffs
  • Junior William Santangeli (Oakville, Ontario/Saint Mark's School), 6-for-10 on faceoffs

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore Ian Wallace, 37 saves

GAME FACTS

  • Second of a two-game, regular-season-ending weekend series.
  • With the Purple Knights' win today and Southern New Hampshire University's win over Saint Anselm College today both teams move into a three-way tie for second place with Assumption College in the final NE10 standings. Due to various tiebreakers, Southern New Hampshire will be the second seed in the NE10 Championship, while Saint Michael's will be the third seed. Saint Michael's will go on the road to face the Penmen in an NE10 Championship semifinal next Saturday with the time to be determined later.
  • Decker notched his second shutout of the weekend and the third of his career. This was the first time in modern program history that the Purple Knights have had back-to-back shutouts dating back to the 1982-83 season.
  • Twelve of the Purple Knights' last 13 games have been decided by two goals or less.
  • The Purple Knights are 20-2 against Franklin Pierce, including 10-1 on the road.
  • Hermary extended his career-high goal mark to 10, which leads the Purple Knights, with seven of those coming in conference games alone. Hermary is now tied for fourth in goals scored against NE10 opponents and tied for sixth for overall goals in the NE10.
  • Senior Jack Ouellette (Arlington, Mass./Dexter School) appeared in his 100th career game.
  • The Purple Knights held a 46-19 advantage in faceoffs and a 39-19 lead in shots on goal. 

THE ACTION

  • The Purple Knights netted the game's first goal 10:47 into the first period as Hermary rifled a shot into the top left corner from the left circle off of a faceoff win by D'Antuono.
  • Decker made seven saves during a scoreless second period, including six saves on the penalty kill as the Purple Knights held the Ravens to an 0-for-5 showing on the extra-man advantage in the frame.
  • Saint Michael's went up 2-0 on the power play at 1:28 in the third period as Egan tossed a pass from the right circle to the slot on an odd-man rush for Hermary, who sniped into the top left corner for his second goal of the game.
  • Wallace came out of the net at 17:41 as Franklin Pierce took a 6-on-5 advantage for 32 seconds before a two-minute roughing penalty at 18:13 put Saint Michael's up a man as Wallace reentered. Another penalty by the Ravens at 18:33 gave the Purple Knights a 5-on-3 advantage to end the game, but not before they put four shots on net, all of which were saved by Wallace.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at Southern New Hampshire, 1 p.m.
  • NE10 Championship semifinal