Maine Hockey Journal

Rutt leads USM to first victory of the season

South Burlington, VT – Sophomore Jon Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) set up three goals as the University of Southern Maine defeated Saint Michael’s College, 6-2, in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men’s East game Saturday afternoon at Cairns Arena.

The win gives the Huskies a split of their weekend road trip to Vermont.

The Huskies dropped their season opener Friday night to preseason favorite and defending league champion Norwich University, 4-2. The Purple Knights lost their second straight game to slip to 0-2-0.

Southern Maine got goals from six different players, and 13 of the 18 skaters dressed picked up a point. Freshman Dan Rautenberg (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and senior Dan Gordon (Lynnfield, Mass.) were the only other multiple-point scorers for USM as each had a goal and an assist.

The Huskies built a 3-0 lead in the opening period on goals by Gordon, Rautenberg and senior Eric Morgani (Reading, Mass.). Rutt picked up an assist on the first two goals.

Each team lit the lamp once in the middle period. Junior David Vorozilchak (Clark Summit, Penn.) scored a power-play goal at 16:23 to put the Purple Knights on the board.

Just 25 seconds later, junior Chris Travis (Scituate, Mass.) restored the Huskies three-goal advantage. Southern Maine pushed the lead to 5-1 at 0:24 of the third period on a power-play goal from junior Brett Kapteina (Stamford, Conn.) with Rutt picking up his third assist. Senior Chris Healy (Salem, N.H.) scored a 6-on-4 power-play marker for Saint Michael’s at 7:28, and USM sophomore Zach Joy (Dover, N.H.) closed the scoring at 17:39.

Senior goalie Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, Maine) picked up his first win of the season for USM making 18 saves. Senior Tyler Bilton (Penticton, B.C.) was busy in the Saint Michael’s cage stopping 47 of 53 shots.

Southern Maine will play it home opener on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) when it hosts Plymouth State University for a non-conference game. Saint Michael’s will play next, also on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.), when it hosts Assumption College.

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