Maine Hockey Journal

St. Hilaire backstops USM to victory over New England College

Sophomore goalie Mason St. Hilaire (Saco, Maine) stopped a career-high 51 shots as the University of Southern Maine defeated New England College, 5-2, in an ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Men’s East game Saturday afternoon at the Lee Clement Arena.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Huskies and improved their record to 5-6-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the league. It also ended a 13-game winless string (0-11-2) dating back to the 1999-2000 season against the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims had their three-game winning streak snapped to fall to 6-5-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the league.

The Huskies received goals from five different players. Senior Pat Noonan (Burlington, Mass.) put the Huskies up 1-0 midway through the opening period with an unassisted goal. Senior Jeff Armando (Canton, Mass.) tied the game for NEC at 11:19 with his seventh goal of the season. Freshman Ben MacLaughlin (Beverly, Mass.) gave the lead back to USM for good with a goal at 15:58, set up by rookie Craig Perham (Arundel, Maine) and senior Ryan Jean (Randolph, Maine).

With St. Hilaire keeping the Pilgrims offense at bay, the Huskies netted two goals in the second period to build a 4-1 advantage. Junior Steve Wiedler (Farmingville, N.Y.) got his first goal of the season, on the power play, at 6:32. Junior Zach Joy (Dover, N.H.) added his team-leading 12th of the season at 17:40. Jean and junior Paul Conter (Woodbridge, Ontario) picked up the assists.

Senior Mark Ehl (North Vancouver, B.C.) tallied NEC’s second goal at 7:40 of the final period. USM freshman Jason Olson (Rutland, Vt.) accounted for the final goal of the game at 14:42.

New England College rolled up a 53-27 advantage in shots on goal in the game. St. Hilaire stopped all 18 shots he faced in the second period, and 18 of 19 in the final period. Junior Aaron Harvey (Milford, Nova Scotia) registered 22 saves for NEC.

Southern Maine will play its final non-conference game on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) when Suffolk University visits the USM Ice Arena. New England College hosts Fitchburg State College for a non-conference game on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.)

(courtesy of USM sports information)

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