Trio of Juniors Earn Spots on NE10 Weekly Honor Roll

Trio of Juniors Earn Spots on NE10 Weekly Honor Roll

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey juniors Paul Cerdà (Puigcerdà, Catalunya/Buffalo State), Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers) and Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express) earned spots on the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Cerdà scored in both ends of a weekend sweep of Saint Anselm College, as the Purple Knights overcame 2-0 deficits in each game to nab 5-4 wins. He added two blocks. Cerdà's second-period tally forced the second of three ties on Saturday before he again leveled the teams late in the first period on Sunday. Cerdà netted one goal in his first 50 games between two years at Buffalo State College and his first season at Saint Michael's before scoring twice in the two games against Saint Anselm. He has three points in 15 games.

Flack had a game-winning goal and two assists against Saint Anselm, adding a plus-1 rating, four blocks and a 26-for-50 (52.0%) faceoff showing. On Saturday, Flack assisted a tying power-play goal in the first period before netting the winner at 16:03 of the third. He was 14-for-27 on draws while blocking three shots, including one with the Hawks on a 6-on-4 advantage in the final five seconds that secured the win. On Sunday, Flack dished the only assist on the goal that gave Saint Michael's the lead for good with 30 seconds left in the second period. He went 12-of-23 at the dot. Flack is tied for ninth in the NE10 with 13 assists, more than doubling the total from his first two seasons. Flack is tied for fourth for game-winning goals (2) and leads the team in faceoff wins (176).

Foster handed out three assists, blocked three shots and won 72.9 percent (35-for-48) of his faceoffs over the weekend against Saint Anselm. He assisted a go-ahead power-play goal during the second period on Saturday while finishing 20-for-26 on draws, including 3-for-3 in the final 52 seconds with the Hawks on a 6-on-4 advantage. On Sunday, Foster assisted a first-period power-play goal and the tying second-period strike while finishing 15-for-22 on faceoffs and blocking two shots, including one in the final five seconds with Saint Anselm on a 5-on-4 advantage.

While battling injury, Foster has played in 11 games for the Purple Knights this season, recording eight points. His seven assists are just two shy of the career-high Foster had in 27 contests as a sophomore. He is currently on a five-game point streak, recording six of his eight points during the stretch. Foster wins a team-high 58.1 percent of his faceoffs, and his 118 wins are third on the team. Foster passed the 500-win plateau (517) over the weekend.

At 12-8-2 overall and 8-5-1 in the league, the Purple Knights are second in the NE10, one point behind Assumption College. They return to action on Friday by traveling to Southern New Hampshire University at 7:20 p.m. for the opener of a two-game NE10 weekend series.