For the first time in the program’s 17 years, the Franklin Pierce University men’s ice hockey team has reached double digits in wins.
The Ravens reached the mark in style Tuesday afternoon, as senior forward Nate Indelicato’s hat trick powered the Ravens to a 3-1 win over Stonehill in Northeast-10 Conference play at the Jason Ritchie Ice Arena in Winchendon, Mass.
Not to be overlooked, junior forward Alex Lester assisted on all three goals. Junior defenseman Mark Indelicato was also credited with assists on two of his older brother’s goals.
Franklin Pierce improves to 10-13-1 (5-7-1 in the NE10), while Stonehill falls to 8-15-1 (3-11-1). The Ravens won nine games in a season on two occasions — 2012-13 and 2016-17.
Lester’s three assists give him 19 for the season, which equals a different program record. Lester is the fourth player in team history to tally 19 helpers in a year, joining Anthony Chighisola, Roscoe Sweeney and Joe Fields.
The Ravens have two regular-season games remaining, at home against Saint Michael’s for a two-game, NE10 weekend series Friday and Saturday.
Coach Shaun Millerick’s Ravens need to win both to claim the fourth and final spot in the NE10 Championship tournament and return to the postseason for the first time since 2013. Opening faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday back at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.
On Tuesday, after a scoreless first period, Stonehill scored at the 11:53 mark of the second frame. Jack Scannell banged home a rebound from the right post that beat Ravens goaltender Kyle Martin.
A power-play tally at 14:52 knotted the score; it was Nate Indelicato’s 10th goal this season.
Just 87 seconds later he added a short-handed tally, the game-winner, beating goalie Kyle Paquette. The goal assured Indelicato his second multiple-goal game of the season.
His hat-trick-completing score came at the 7:37 mark of the third period, a ringing shot off the crossbar. That score, too, had some historical significance; it made Indelicato the fifth Ravens player ever to record multiple career hat tricks, and it marked the first time this season a Franklin Pierce player scored three goals in a game.
Martin (5-2-0) finished with 27 saves against 28 shots. Paquette (0-1-0) stopped 24 of 27 shots in a losing effort.