FALMOUTH, ME - Thomas College (1-0) had dramatic season opening 3-2 victory against Saint Joseph's College (0-1), scoring with seconds remaining on Sunday night in a non-conference ice hockey contest.
The opening period started with numerous attempts on net by both sides. The Terriers were the first to breach the defense at the 11:41 mark. Michael Hersom carried the puck into the zone with a low outside shot on the net to give Thomas a 1-0 advantage to end the first period.
The Monks struck first during the second period on a goal led by Dan Donovan at 5:25. Bryce Lamontagne found a pass from Hersom on the goal line and sneaking it by the SJC netminder to put the game back into the away side's favor. The Monks would fight back to even the score to 2-2 however on another Donovan goal assisted by Joe Markey.
The score remained tied until deep into the third period. During the final minutes of the game, the Terriers went on a power play following a major penalty on the Monks. After a large scrum in front of the net, Kyle Mangin scored the power play goal with only seconds of the game remaining on an assist from Hersom that snuck by Jimmy Riley to seal the dramatic win.
Conner Blair allowed no goals and picked up the victory in relief for the Terriers after coming in for the third period. Tanner Brooks allowed two goals in the first two periods of play, while their counterpart Riley suffered the loss, allowing three goals.
Thomas will host Tufts next Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1:40pm in their home opener at Sukee Arena.