Maine Hockey Journal

Colby, USM and UNE all fall short

All four of Maine’s D-III school’s finished up their opening weekend of action, much the same way it began with Bowdoin being the lone school to get a victory.

UMass – 3; Colby – 2
Colby College dropped to 0-2 on the season, falling to UMass-Boston, 3-2, at Alfond Arena in Waterville on Sunday afternoon.

With the game tied, 2-2, Eric Tufman scored the lone goal to the Beacons the victory.

Spike Smigelski opened the scoring in the first period for Colby before UMB scored the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead through the midway point of the game. Cory McGrath scored Colby’s other goal late in the second period.

James Lemonias made 33 saves in the loss, while Thomas Speer stopped 21-of-23 shots for the win.

Southern Maine – 2; Norwich – 4
The University of Southern Maine kept the game close against the NCAA D-III defending national champions Norwich University before falling, 4-2, in Northfield, VT on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams battled to a scoreless first period before Chris Duszynski scored only 45 seconds into the second period, giving the Cadets a 1-0 lead.

Zach Joy tied the game for Southern Maine at the 4:37 mark with a power play goal. Both teams exchanged goals before Greg Eskedjian put Norwich out front for good with 4:27 left in the second period.

Chad Anderson scored with 1:45 left in the game. Freshman Braely Torris made 22 saves in the loss.USM returns to action on Tuesday night when they open their home schedule against Colby College.

UNE – 0; St. Michael’s – 5
Brendan Rimmer made 15 saves as St. Michael’s scored twice in the first period, once in the second and twice in the third period in a 5-0 win over the University of New England at Cairns Arena in South Burlington, VT.

UNE falls to 0-2 on the season after being outscored 13-0 over the weekend.

Reave MacKinnon led the scoring for St. Michael’s with a goal and two assists.

UNE’s Mike Roper stopped 38 shots in the loss.

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