Maine Hockey Journal

Southern Maine and Colby come up empty

Gorham, ME — Junior goalie Ian Stearns (Fitchburg, Mass.) stopped 21 of 22 shots as Hamilton College defeated the University of Southern Maine, 3-1, in an ECAC East-NESCAC inter-league game Saturday at the USM Ice Arena.

The win halts a two-game losing skid for the Continentals who improve to 6-6-1 overall and 5-4-0 in league play. The Huskies dropped their second straight to slip to 7-8-0 overall and 4-5-0 in league games.

Hamilton scored all three of its goal in a span of 3:51 early in the second period, and Stearns provided the steady goaltending to make it stand up for his second win of the season.

Junior Vaclav Tomicek (Liberic, Czech Republic) put the visitors on the board at 1:56 of the second period when he deflected a shot through the pads of USM rookie goalie Koray Celik (Ile-bizzard, Quebec). Two minutes later, freshman Blair Lalonde (Pointe Claire, Quebec) found the net with a high shot through a screen from the blue line. Sophomore Tom Chiappetta (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) capped off the outburst with a power-play marker at 5:47.

Junior Chris Lorenc (Clifton, N.J.) picked up assists on the latter two goals to be the only multi-point man for the Continentals.
Southern Maine averted a shutout when sophomore Zach Joy (Dover, N.H.) beat Stearns on a breakaway for a short-handed goal at 18:14 of the third period.

Celik played another strong game for USM making 30 saves, including 15 in the second period when Hamilton piled up an 18-8 advantage in shots on goal.

Southern Maine looks to rebound next Friday (7:00 p.m.) when it begins a stretch of four consecutive road games at Babson College.

Waterville, ME — Michael Doherty had a goal and an assist for Colby, but Jamie McKenna (Lake Placid, N.Y.) scored three goals to reach 100 points for his career as Middlebury College took a 6-3 win over the Mules on Saturday in New England Small College Athletic Conference play at Alfond Rink.

McKenna has 102 career points and helped the Panthers (10-2-1) go up 5-1 with two straight goals in the opening 5:42 of the third period.

Colby (4-8-1) did cut the lead to 5-3 on goals by Greg Valenski (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) and Dan Nelson (Northbrook, Ill.) at 10:24 and 13:59. McKenna got his third goal of the period at 18:03 to give Middlebury some breathing room.

Mason Graddock gave Middlebury a 1-0 lead after the first period with a goal at 8:24.

The Mules did tie the game at 1-1 when Michael Doherty, who later added an assist, tallied at 6:47 of the second period. The Panthers got goals from Chaz Svoboda at 13:42 and John Sullivan with just 13 seconds left in the period to open a 3-1 lead after two periods.

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