Maine Hockey Journal

Colby wins; Bowdoin and Southern Maine fall in D-III action

MANCHESTER, NH — Chris Buonomo and Michael Doherty each had a pair of goals as the Colby College men’s hockey team took a 6-3 win over Saint Anselm on Friday.

Jesse Lehman added three assists for Colby (4-5-1). Buonomo had a short-handed goal at 4:30 of the opening period for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission break.

Doherty had two power play goals in the second period as the Mules had a 4-3 scoring edge in a wild 20 minutes. Chris Talbert and Jared Crittenden also tallied in the period. Lehman assisted on both of Doherty’s goals on the power play.

Buonomo finished up the scoring at 16:32 of the third period in a mild final period of play. Blake Dressen and Matt Strickland both had two assists for the winners.

Cody McKinney had 15 saves in the second period on the way to 34 saves for Colby.

Dylan Exton scored the game-winning goal shorthanded with under 13 minutes to play and New England College added an empty netter to defeat Bowdoin, 4-2, on Friday evening. The Polar Bears fall to 6-3-1 with their second-straight loss. The Pilgrims have won four straight and stand at 8-2 this year.

Bowdoin would not waste much time getting on the board as Jeff Fanning would rebound in a shot from Leland Fidler just 3:54 into the opening period giving the Polar Bears the 1-0 lead. Bowdoin would control much of the offense in the first period out shooting NEC 19-1 but the Pilgrims would get on the board as Alex Muse would net a power-play goal at the 12:43 mark.

The Pilgrims would grab the 2-1 lead early in the second period as Leppanen would score a short-handed goal just 26 seconds in. Bowdoin would respond as Brendan Reich would chip in a shot from Mike Corbelle at the 9:42 mark tying the game at 2-2.

The two teams would head into the final period with the game notched at 2-2 but NEC would connect on another short-handed goal, as Exton would score his fourth goal of the season assisted by Leppanen and Per Thunberg 7:24 into the period. Bowdoin would continue to outshoot NEC holding the 9-7 edge in shots in the final period but the Pilgrims would tack in a late empty-netter edging the Polar Bears 4-2.

Picking up the win in net for the Pilgrims was Aaron Harvey who finished with 31 saves. In goal for the Polar Bears was Richeard Nerland who finished with 18 saves on the evening.

The Trinity College men’s ice hockey team exploded for six unanswered goals in the third period en route to a 7-2 victory over the University of Southern Maine in an ECAC East-NESCAC inter-league game Friday night at Williams Rink in Hartford, Conn.
The win was the fourth straight for the Bantams who improve to 6-3-0 overall and 3-2-0 in league play. The Huskies slip to 5-6-0 overall and 3-3-0 in league games.

Trailing 2-1 after 40 minutes, the Bantams scored three times in a span of 1:31 to take a 4-2 lead. Freshman Sean McCarthy (Duxbury, Mass.) tied the score at 2:19. Power-play goals from sophomore Egor Petrov (Novokuznetsk, Russia) at 3:08 and senior Ryan Masucci (Winthrop, Mass.) at 3:50 put the Bantams up 4-2.

Senior Chris Diozzi (Belmont, Mass.), sophomore Adam Houli (Howell, N.J.) and junior Ryan Crapser (Paxton, Mass.) scored before the end of the period to turn the game into a rout.

After a scoreless first period in which Southern Maine out shot Trinity, 19-11, the hosts would draw first blood early in the second period on a power-play goal at 2:08 by senior Riley Hicks (Calgary, Alberta).

The lead lasted just 28 seconds as Southern Maine tied the score on a goal from junior Chris Travis (Scituate, Mass.) of an assist from sophomore Zach Joy (Dover, N.H.). USM grabbed a 2-1 advantage at the 15:53 mark on a goal by sophomore Paul Conter (Woodbridge, Ontario). Junior Pat Noonan (Burlington, Mass.) and senior Josh Giordani (Quincy, Mass.) picked up the assists.
Sophomore Wesley Vesprini (Lexington, Mass.) stopped 38 of 40 shots he faced in the Trinity goal. Senior Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, Maine) gave up five goals and was credited with 26 saves before being lifted in the third period. Rookie Koray Celik (Ile-bizzard, Quebec) came on to make seven saves.

Southern Maine travels to Middletown, Conn., on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) to play Wesleyan University. Trinity will host Salem State College, a 5-3 winner over Wesleyan Friday night, on Saturday (4:00 p.m.).

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