Maine Hockey Journal

D-III Roundup: Colby wins fourth straight

Braely Torris stopped 40 shots for the University of Southern Maine men’s ice hockey team to help them to a 2-2 tie on the road with Babson College in ECAC action on Saturday afternoon.

The tie gives USM a 4-9-3 overall record, and a 2-8-1 record in league play on the season.

After a tied first period on a goal by freshman Troy Thibodeau, the Huskies would grab the lead early in the third period as another freshman Mike Green found the back of the net just 1:17 into the period.

Less than five minutes later, Babson tied the game when Matt O’Neill scored the equalizer while on the power play.

Zeke Testa made 30 saves to preserve the tie for Babson.

Colby College – 5; Tufts University – 2
Tom McGinn scored a pair of goals just 3:32 apart in the third period to break a 2-2 deadlock, giving Colby College their fourth straight win with a 5-2 victory over Tufts University in NESCAC action at Valley Forum II on Saturday afternoon.

The Mules, who struggled to start the season, have made a steady climb up the NESCAC standings (6-8-1 overall; 5-5-1 NESCAC)and now sit tied for fifth in the league with Connecticut College, who defeated Colby rival Bowdoin early in the day.

Tufts came out of the first period with a 2-1 lead on goals by seniors Tom Derosa and Andy Davis, who scored with just three seconds remaining in the period. The Mules had opened the scoring on a goal by Chris Buonomo at 3:26.

Nick Kondiles put home a rebound for Colby at 3:16 of the second stanza to tie the game at 2-2.

With the score 2-2 heading into the third, McGinn gave the visitors a two-goal margin with his goals at 5:26 and 8:58.

Cody McKinney made 41 saves on 45 for Colby while Tufts Evin Koleini faced 50 Colby shots and stopped 45.

UMass-Boston – 6; Univ. of New England – 3
Eric Tufman and Mike DeGrazia each scored twice to power the UMass-Boston to a 6-3 ECAC East men’s ice hockey victory over the University of New England on Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletics Center.

UMass-Boston made it 3-0 less than a minute into the second period on DeGrazia’s second goal of the afternoon.

Sophomore Adam Laite got UNE on the board less than four minutes later.

Tufman would push UMass-Boston’s lead to 4-1, but UNE responded with back-to-back goals by first-year Sean Sullivan and Jack Nolin to close within one.

The Beacons got some breathing room at 16:39 of the second on Tufman’s eighth goal, and then tacked on a third-period power-play goal by senior Brett Calhoun for the final margin of 6-3.

Connecticut College – 2; Bowdoin College – 1
The Connecticut College men’s ice hockey team scored a pair of second-period goals and held off a late Bowdoin rally to take a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon.

The fourth-ranked Polar Bears fall to 11-3-0 (8-3-0 NESCAC) as they were held under three goals for the first time all season.

Bowdoin got on the board first with a power play goal from Harry Matheson at 6:01 of the first period.

But in the second, the Camels scored the equalizer on a goal by Sean Tuohy at 2:22 into the period. With 1:26 remaining in the second, the Camels capitalized on their power play to take the lead for good as Ryan Riffe buried a one-time from just above the left circle.

Goaltender Andrew Margolin took care of the rest, coming up with a couple of huge stops in the final minute of regulation after the Polar Bear had emptied their net to gain the extra skater and finishing with 24 stops. Steve Messina made 21 saves in the tough-luck loss for Bowdoin.

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