Fitchburg State Tops Becker, Heads to Steve Hoar Title Game
WORCESTER -- Junior Kyle Hillick scored a pair of goals to lead the Fitchburg State University men’s hockey team past host Becker College, 5-2, in Saturday’s opening round of the Steve Hoar Memorial Tournament at the Worcester Ice Arena.
With the victory, the Falcons (3-3-2) advance to take on the Ravens of Franklin Pierce University in Sunday’s 4 p.m. championship game. The Hawks (0-9-1) will battle the Seahawks of Stonehill College in Sunday’s 1 p.m. consolation contest.
Fitchburg State grabbed a lead just 4:39 into the contest when Hillick collected a feed from classmate Dean Zerby and senior Ricky Kramer and found the back of the net for his third goal on the season.
Becker knotted the score midway through the period when freshman James Perry wristed a shot inside the near post for his second tally of the year on an assist by senior Corey Schafer.
The Falcons broke the 1-1 stalemate just seven seconds into the second period as sophomore Sascha Figi settled a pass from senior Nick DiNicola and one-timed a shot into the lower-right corner for his team-leading sixth score of the season and a 2-1 lead.
Fitchburg State began to pull away minutes later as DiNicola connected on his third marker of the season off a feed from freshman Jordin Holmes, making it 3-1, before the Hawks answered back with Zachary Bettmeng netting his fourth score of the year to cut the lead to 3-2.
In the third period, after another Hillick tally, Fitchburg State sealed the victory with just over two minutes remaining in regulation when junior Joshua Suboyu notched an empty-netter for this first goal of the season, resulting in the 5-2 final.
DiNicola registered a game-best four shots for Fitchburg State as the Falcons held a 46-36 advantage in shots and held Becker to 0 for 3 on the power play. Sophomore Brian McGrath made 34 saves for the Falcons, while Becker junior Grant Martens stopped 41 shots in the setback.
Fitchburg State is now 6-5-1 all-time against the Hawks.