Maine Hockey Journal

Southern Maine left with a “lack” of answers

Gorham, ME – The seven hour bus trip from upstate New York didn’t faze Hamilton College men’s ice hockey team as they came into USM Ice Arena on Friday night, beating the University of Southern Maine, 3-1.

Nicholas Anderson had a goal and an assist for the Continentals as they travelled to Maine trying to turn things around after back-to-back losses last weekend.

Likewise, USM is trying to find a way to win since their last win back on Dec. 11.

USM coach Jeff Beaney believes the reason for their struggles and the 4-9-3 record is “probably a lack of talent.”

“You can’t win a hockey game playing 20 minutes,” said Beaney who wasn’t pleased with the effort tonight. “I think we played a lot harder in the third period. I don’t’ think we showed much emotion or much of anything in the first two periods.”

Hamilton took advantage of the lackluster play and was the only team on the scoreboard through the first two periods, scoring their first goal eight minutes into the game when Nicholas Anderson threw a puck at the net from the left side boards where a driving Evan Haney was credited the goal.

In the second period, Hamilton took control, making it 2-0 with 13:17 to play when Nicholas Anderson tapped in a puck that USM goalie Braely Torris let slip behind him after a hard wrist shot from the slot.

USM came out hungry in the third and made a strong case for themselves for the last 20 minutes.

Halfway into the period their efforts were rewarded when Craig Perham made a strong solo effort to cut the lead in half. He received a pass from Paul Conter at the blueline and muscled his way past the Continental defense and firing a backhand shot on net that beat Hamilton goalie Scott Hoffman.

USM pulled their goalie with 1:15 left to play, but Joe Buicko, in the defensive zone, scored on the empty net after a turnover.

Hamilton coach Norm Brazin liked how his team performed on the night.

“We travelled a long way and the guys were ready to go right from the start which was big,” he said, “it’s always challenging to get your guys going for 60 minutes, but when you’re able to do it your generally pretty much you’re rewarded with success.”

Hamilton plays University of New England tomorrow while Southern Maine takes on Amherst at home tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 pm.

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