Maine Hockey Journal

Maine’s NCAA DIII schools get season underway

USM falls to Norwich, 4-2
Northfield, VT. — Sophomore Chad Anderson (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) scored a power-play goal late in the second period to break a 2-2 tie and the Norwich University Cadets went on to post a 4-2 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena in Northfield, Vt. The game was the opening night of play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men’s East league.

Southern Maine took a 2-1 lead in the first period after spotting Norwich junior Eric Tallent (Garland, Texas) a power-play goal at 2:16. Rookie Dan Rautenberg (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) tied the game 55 seconds after Tallent’s goal with a power-play goal of his own set up by sophomore Jon Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) and senior Ben Loss (Wilmette, Ill.).

Senior Dan Gordon (Lynnfield, Mass.) put USM ahead at 6:51 of the first period off a set-up from Rutt and Rautenberg.

Norwich tied the game early in the second on a goal by sophomore Nick DelGallo (Cranston, R.I.) at 1:39. Anderson broke the tie at 17:13 with his extra-man goal off assists by juniors Craig Serino (Saugus, Mass.) and Steve Coon (Berne, N.Y.).

Senior Nikita Kashirsky (Moscow, Russia) iced the victory for the Cadets scoring an empty-net, power-play goal with 17 seconds remaining in the game. USM senior goaltender Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, Maine) played well, making 23 saves, including 15 in the final period, before being lifted for the extra
attacker. Junior Ryan Klingensmith (Morton, Penn.) had 14 saves for Norwich.

Southern Maine travels to Saint Michael’s College on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) for another ECAC Men’s East contest. Norwich will entertain Salem State College, a 5-0 winner over Saint Michael’s, on Saturday (4:00 p.m.).

Polar Bears double up the Beavers
Brunswick, Maine – The Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team won their final season-opener at Dayton Arena on Friday, taking a 4-2 victory over Babson College. The Polar Bears, ranked 15th in the latest Division III poll, improve to 1-0-0 while the 13th-ranked Beavers fall to 0-1-0.

After Bowdoin took the first five shots of the contest, Babson scored on their first shot of the night, with Ian Goodwin banging home a rebound on the far post to give the visitors a 1-0 lead just 2:23 into the game. Bowdoin responded before the end of the period as a Ryan Blossom shot caromed off the pads of Babson netminder Skylar Nipps to the waiting stick of Colin MacCormack, who netted the loose puck and deadlocked the score at one apiece.

Bowdoin took the lead early in the second period when Brendan Reich found the back of the net at 1:36. The third period featured a series and up-and-down play with neither team committing a penalty or giving up a great scoring chance until late in the frame. A flurry of Bowdoin shots resulted in Jeff Fanning putting home a bouncing puck with just 5:35 remaining to give the hosts a 3-1 edge.

After a Bowdoin slashing penalty, the Beavers pulled their goalie and trimmed the lead to a single goal as Mike Hoban’s first career tally made it 3-2 Bowdoin with 2:10 remaining. But with Babson pressing for the game-tying tally, the Polar Bears notched an empty-netter to seal the victory with Mike Corbelle scoring at 18:47 to clinch the victory.

Nerland was strong in his debut for Bowdoin, making 27 saves between the pipes. Nipps stopped 25 shots for Babson. Multiple point-scorers for Bowdoin included MacCormack, who earned an assist in addition to his goal, and Blossom, who posted a pair of assists.

Colby holds on for 3-2 win over UMass Boston
Waterville, Maine — Michael Doherty (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored his first two collegiate goals and sophomore goaltender Cody McKinney (Weston, Fla.) stopped 32 shots in net as the Colby College men’s hockey team opened the season with a 3-2 victory over University of Massachusetts at Boston on Friday night at Alfond Rink.

The Mules (1-0), who host Babson College at 3 p.m. Saturday, went ahead quickly when Karl Burns (Mequon, Wis.) tallied just 1:02 into the contest off assists from Jeoffrey Jarnot (Concord, N.H.) and Wil Hartigan (Arlington, Mass.).

Doherty went to work at 7:36 of the first period on a power play goal off assists from Billy Crinnion (Smithtown, N.Y.) and first-year defensemen Jesse Lehman (Atlantic Beach, N.Y.).

The Mules went up 3-0 after one period when Doherty scored with just five seconds to play in the period. Crinnion and Michael Belliveau (Bridgewater, Nova Scotia) had the assists.

UMass-Boston (0-1) scored once in the second period and added the other goal in the final 20 minutes. Both goals came on power plays with a five-on-three advantage.

Matt Atsoff (Macomb, Mo.) tallied at 6:13 of the second period from Eric Tufman (Abington, Pa.) and Kris Kranzky (Glendora, Calif.). The Beacons then made it tight when Bryan Albert (Redlands, Calif.) scored at 10:26 of the third period off a pass from Chris Wyman (Bartlett, Ill.).

McKinney made 17 of his 32 saves in the second period to earn his 16th career win at Colby. Ryan Donovan (Rexford, N.Y.) stopped 23 shots for UMass-Boston, which plays at Bowdoin College at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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