Maine Hockey Journal

Southern Maine keeps Framingham St. out of the win column

Photo by University of Southern Maine

Photo by University of Southern Maine

Gorham, ME – The University of Southern Maine men’s ice hockey team kept Framingham State College winless with 6-2 win at the USM Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

Framingham St. falls to 0-10-2 on the season, while Southern Maine climbed back to .500 (5-5-0 overall, 3-2-0 ECAC) as they prepare for a pair of games in Connecticut against Trinity and Wesleyan.

Southern Maine opened the scoring with a power play goal by Senior Captain Ben Loss at 5:18 of the first period.

Loss, took the pass from Chris Travis, firing a slap shot by Rams goaltender junior Andy Joyce.

Dan Gordon made it 2-0 for the Huskies when Dan Gordon made a nifty individualistic moving, spinning around junior defenseman Jason Anderson, snapping a shop by Joyce at 14:38 of the period.

In the second period, Southern Maine extended their lead to 5-0 before Framingham St. got on the board with a five-on-three power play goal at 17:56 of the period.

With Adam Nicholas and Paul Conter in the box, Josh Williams drilled a shot by Huskies goalie Koray Celik, who was getting his second straight start this season.

Just 45 seconds into the period, Zach Joy, down low jammed the puck past Anderson, giving the Huskies a 3-0 lead.

Only 1:02 later, Mike Carpenter blasted the puck through a screen, ending Anderson’s night at Southern Maine grabbed a 4-0 lead.

With sophomore Terrence Sullivan in net for Framingham St., the Huskies made it 5-0 Paul Conter, sent a laser into the net at 8:13 of the second period.

It was their second power play goal of the game.

Despite the appearance of a blowout, the game was much closer than the scoreboard indicated as Framingham St. had a pair of goals waived off during the game. Shot were nearly even after two periods of play, with Southern Maine carrying the slight edge, 21-18.

“They give us a pretty good game,” said USM coach Jeff Beaney. “It really gave us a good chance to play some kids in different situations.”

Southern Maine and Framingham St. traded goals in the third period as USM cruised to the win.

Celik made 22 saves on 24 shots in the win, while Andy Joyce took the loss.

NOTES: Sophomore defenseman Steven Wielder played in his first game with Southern Maine after transferring from Elmira College for the spring semester. His goal, shorthanded, in the third period was his first collegiate goal, as he never played for Elmira for the last three semesters.

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