Seahawks earn first conference win, 5-2

Craig scored twice to help the Seahawks overcome an early 1-0 deficit
Craig scored twice to help the Seahawks overcome an early 1-0 deficit

BOSTON, Mass. --  Sophomore Kenny Craig (Manchester, N.H.) netted a pair of goals, while freshman Michael Naso (Londonderry, N.H.) added a marker and two assists to lead Salve Regina to a 5-2 ECAC Northeast ice hockey victory over Suffolk Saturday evening at Walter Brown Arena.

The Seahawks (2-3, 1-2 ECAC Northeast) overcame an early 1-0 deficit by netting a pair of goals in a 38 second span late in the opening stanza, as freshman Chad Goodwin (Whitinsville, Mass.) converted a penalty shot with 2:45 remaining in the first period before fellow freshman John Scorcia's (Tampa, Fla.) power play goal with 2:07 to play gave Salve Regina a 2-1 advantage after 20 minutes of action.  Freshman Chris Rettig's (Raynham, Mass.) power play marker 7:31 into the second stanza enabled the host Rams (2-4, 0-2 ECAC Northeast) to even matters at 2-2, but Craig countered with a power play tally of his own with 3:38 remaining in the middle frame to give the Seahawks the lead for good before adding his second of the night with just four seconds to play in the period for a 4-2 Salve Regina edge.  Naso closed out the scoring for the visitors just 2:27 into the final stanza, as he converted a Scorcia feed for a shorthanded  goal that accounted for the final margin.
Scorcia finished with a marker and a helper in the triumph for the Seahawks, who also received single assists off the sticks of junior Jacob Hutt (Menlo Park, Calif.), sophomore Chase Davis (Weathersford, Tex.) and freshman Cody Zweifel (Dallas, Tex.).  Sophomore Charlie McGinnis (Hanover, Mass.) accounted for the other goal in the setback for Suffolk, which received assists off the sticks of senior Nate Linard (Brighton, Mich.), junior Andrew Flynn (Stamford, Conn.), sophomore Max Barron (St. Louis, Mo.) and freshman Andrew Ball (Brick, N.J.).

Frehsman Mike McDonald (Whitby, Ont.) picked up the win in goal for Salve Regina with a 21-save effort, while sophomore Cam Kelley (Brighton, Mass.) made 24 stops in the setback for Suffolk as the Seahawks outshot the Rams by a 29-23 margin for the contest, including a 27-12 edge through the first two periods of play.

Suffolk hosts Southern New Hampshire in a non-league outing on Tuesday evening at Walter Brown Arena beginning at 8:00 p.m., while Salve Regina heads to Brunswick, Maine next Saturday afternoon to take on Bowdoin in opening round play of the Bowdoin/Colby Invitational beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Courtesy of Suffolk Sports Information