Maine Hockey Journal

Travis nets a pair of goals in victory for Southern Maine

Senior Chris Travis (Scituate, Mass.) scored two goals, including the eventual game winner, and had an assist to lead the University of Southern Maine to a 7-3 victory over Salve Regina University Saturday night in a first round game of the 18th annual Middlebury College Holiday Classic.

The win was the third straight for the Huskies who leveled their overall at 4-4-1. The Huskies will face nationally ranked Middlebury for the championship Sunday evening (7:00 p.m.). Middlebury advanced to the title game by blanking Babson College, 4-0, in the earlier game.

The Seahawks dropped their 10th straight game since beating the University of New England their season opener. The Seahawks will play Babson in the third-place game on Sunday (4:00 p.m.)

Travis helped set up the Huskies’ first goal of the game scored on the power play by junior Jon Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) at 5:42 of the opening period. Travis increased the lead to 2-0 at 18:01 with his first goal, set up sophomore Dan Rautenberg (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), and junior Zach Joy (Dover, N.H.) made it 3-0 before the end of the period netting an unassisted short-handed goal with 17 seconds to go in the period.

After a scoreless second period, Travis pushed the margin to 4-0 just 21 seconds into the final period, set up by Rutt and Rautenberg. Rautenberg would finish the game with a goal and three assists.

Salve Regina lit the lamp twice within a span of 43 seconds later in the period to cut the deficit in half. Senior Patrick Bambery (Braintree, Mass.) put the Seahawks on the board with a power-play marker at 4:31, and classmate Tyler Trott (Rehobeth, Mass.) found the net at 5:14.

Southern Maine responded with two goal 1:13 apart to restore its four-goal margin. Junior Paul Conter (Woodbridge, Ontario) scored a power-play goal from Rautenberg at 6:02, and rookie Matt MacDonald (Byfield, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal at 7:15.

Senior Nathaniel Burns (Sandwich, Mass.) tallied a power-play goal at 12:36 for Salve Regina. Rautenberg closed out the scoring with an unassisted, short-handed, empty-net goal with 46 seconds left to play.

Sophomore Mason St. Hilaire (Saco, Maine) started in goal for USM and stopped 21 shots over the first two periods. Rookie Tim Gerrish (Albany, N.Y.) came on the make seven saves in the third period. Freshman Bobby Bayliss (West Haven, Conn.) had 17 saves for Salve Regina.

Courtesy of USM Sport Services

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