ORONO, ME—Thomas College suffered a tough loss to the University of Maine Black Bears 7-9 in an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) game on Tuesday night. Michael Hersom recorded a hat-trick and an assist in the losing effort.
The away side struck first blood when Proux cracked the scoreless tie off a feed from Hersom and Derek Driscoll twelve minutes and eight seconds into the game. Minutes later Kyle Mangin would find Hersom's stick on the power play to extend the Terrier lead to two. The Black Bears cut the deficit to one on a shorthanded goal from Connor Shea at 7:29 in the first period. Maine proceeded to go on a 3-0 run to end the opening stanza tally's coming from James Jamieson at the 5:32 mark, and moments later and Nick Chen came up with a goal to end the first.
The second period got off to quick start with LaFountain hitting the mark just 13:40 into the second. The hosts responded with a 4-0 run in the middle of the second period to extend their lead to 7-3. Thomas cut the lead however at the two minute mark on an unassisted breakaway goal by Proux.
Maine would strike first in the third with a goal coming from Ryder Noyes, assisted by Ian Durgan at the 18:35 mark. Thomas answered back with Bryce Lamontagne slipping the puck past the Maine goalie with help from Proux. The Terriers made a late game push with a power play marker by Hersom add his second with a helper by Mangin. The Black Bears however would put the game out of reach in the closing period with a strike off the stick of Noyes at the ten minute mark. Hersom sealed his hat trick with a last ditch goal at 3:57 to try and start a Terrier comeback.
Thomas however drew a penalty with just over two minutes remaining in the contest that would end any dramatic comeback attempt.
Overall, Maine outshot the Terriers 46-30 in the win. Thomas was able to kill of all four of the Black Bears power plays, while capitalizing on two of the six man advantage attempts of their own.
Connor Blair recorded 27 saves in the loss, while fellow classmate Tanner Brooks made 10 stops in relief during the third period.
Thomas will return home against Saint Joseph's Friday night as they host the Terriers at 8:20pm at Sukee Arena. Earlier in the month Thomas defeated the Monks 3-2 with the winning goal coming with only .40 seconds remaining in the contest.