Maine Hockey Journal

Southern Maine comes up short against Connecticut College

New London, Conn. — There’s no place like home for the Connecticut College hockey team. The Camels (12-6-3, 8-5-3 NESCAC) improved to 9-1-2 in New London this season with a 3-2 victory against the University of Southern Maine (10-11-1, 7-8-1 ECAC East) in the friendly confines of Dayton Arena.

Freshman Julien Boutet (Amos, Quebec) potted a pair of second period goals and junior Greg Parker (Trenton, Ontario) stopped 43 of 45 Husky shots in the Camels’ third straight win. Senior Brian Liamero (New York, N.Y.) chipped in with a goal for Connecticut College. The 12 wins are the most any Camel men’s hockey team has attained since the 1997-1998 squad finished with a 14-10-3 record.

Senior Matt Rowe (Newmarket, Ont.) and sophomore Zach Joy (Dover, N.H.) tallied scores for the Huskies, who battled back from 3-0 deficit to make things interesting in the third period.

The Camels took a 1-0 lead on Liamero’s goal with 6:04 remaining in the opening period. Junior Trevor Bradley (West Hartford, Conn.) was credited with the lone assist on the marker.

The Camels doubled their lead with a power-play goal from Boutet at 4:29 of the second. Junior Brett Moore (Medfield, Mass.) and senior Robbie Tesar (Lake Bluff, Ill.) assisted on the score. With 5:04 remaining, seniors Ben Eischen (Brookfield, N.H.) and Shawn Keefe (Waltham, Mass.) assisted Boutet on his seventh goal of the season. The Huskies out-shot the Camels, 18-11, in the middle period, but Parker was able to keep the visitors off the scoreboard.

Southern Maine did not go quietly though. Rowe cut the lead to two with 13:32 to go. Senior captain Ben Loss (Wilmette, Ill.) and junior Pat Noonan (Burlington, Mass.) assisted on the tally. Midway through the frame, Joy potted his 13th goal of the season on the power play. Junior Dan Falbo (Newmarket, Ont.) and Loss had a hand in the score and the visitors were within a single goal of the Camels.

The Huskies out-shot the Camels, 20-11, in the third period, but could not get a third goal past Parker.

USM senior netminder Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, Maine) made 18 saves in the first two periods of action. Freshman Koray Celik (Ile-Bizzard, Quebec) stopped 11 shots without surrendering a goal in the third period of play.

The Camels will host Salem State College Saturday night (7:00 p.m.) in New London. The Huskies will visit Tufts University for a game in Malden, Mass., Saturday (4:00 p.m.).

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