HARRISVILLE, R.I. – Nichols senior Filip Virgili (Malmo, Sweden) had a four-point night, finishing with one goal and three assists, lifting the Nichols Bison to a 5-3 win over the Becker Hawks on Friday night.
March 19, 2021
Score: Nichols 5 – Becker 3
Records: The Becker College Hawks 1-6-1 | The Nichols College Bison 1-2-0
A first period scoring frenzy midway through the period gave the Bison a 2-1 advantage. The three goals were scored just over the course of 1:42, leaving Nichols with the one-goal lead through one period.
Junior Lucas Andersson (Stockholm, Sweden) and sophomore Austan Bellefeuille (Framingham, Mass.) scored for Nichols while Hawks junior Jason Diamond (Lakeville, Conn.) scored for Becker.
Nichols expanded on their lead in the second period on goals by junior Justin Perron (Thetford Mines, Quebec, Canada) and Virgili to take a three-goal advantage, 4-1.
The Hawks fought their way back into the game late in the second period on the first career collegiate goal by first-year Evan Green (St. Charles, Mo.).
Green took a one-timer from the top of the left-wing circle and scored under the glove arm of Nichols graduate student Matt Efros (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), cutting the Nichols lead to 4-2.
Becker sophomore Colby Audette (Colchester, Vt.) got the Hawks back within a goal early in the third period thanks to a turnover in the Bison zone.
Audette collected a loose puck behind the net, came around on his backhand side and shot past the blocker of Efros to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Despite the Hawks pressure, the Bison would hold their lead and add an insurance goal in the final minute with an empty net goal by junior Curtis Carlson (Lakewood, N.Y.) in the 5-3 win.
FOR THE HAWKS
- Diamond and Audette both have four goals on the season. Diamond shares the team lead with five points this season.
- First-year goalie Andrew LoRusso (Peabody, Mass.) made 34 saves on the night with the loss dropping him to 1-2-1.
FOR THE BISON
- Bellefeuille finished with one goal and two assists for three points.
- Carlson, Bellefeuille, and Virgili all have four points for Nichols this season.
- Efros finished with 36 saves and improves to 1-2-0 with the win.
The Hawks and Bison are back in action tomorrow night, finishing off their home-and-home series at the Worcester Ice Center at 7:00 p.m.