WINSLOW, ME – The Thomas men's ice hockey team defeated Colby-Sawyer Saturday afternoon by the score of 6-5.
Thomas (3-5-1) struck first less than two minutes into the contest when Colby Blondin found the back of the net on a pass from Bryce Lamontagne and Kyle Mangin. Ten minutes later, Jason Dicey expanded the lead to two, burying a pass from Eric Morin in front of the net.
Colby-Sawyer narrowed the margin to one with just 30 seconds remaining in the period, when Jeff Greenwood forced a turnover in the Thomas defensive zone and found Chris Finlay in front of the net. The Terriers outshot the Chargers 11-7 in the period.
The Chargers carried their momentum into the second period, scoring four and a half minutes in after another costly defensive zone turnover, on a goal from Kolby Arnold assisted by Finlay. Thomas responded quickly with Dicey finding the twine two minutes later shorthanded.
The Chargers answered quickly netting two goals in 42 seconds, the first scored by John Fransson from Arnold and the second scored by Arnold, assisted by Fransson and Finlay. The Terriers had a chance to even the score with three minutes remaining in the period when Jason Dicey hit the post with a shot. The Chargers outshot the Terriers 10-8 in the period.
The third period started off with back and forth action, seeing both teams have good opportunities but weren't able to capitalize on them. Colby-Sawyer's Arnold completed his hat-trick thirteen minutes into the period shorthanded, expanding the Chargers lead to 5-3.
With the goalie pulled, the Terriers drew within one with just over three minutes remaining in the game on a goal from Dan Collins on an assist from Dicey. The Terriers struck again two minutes later when Bryce Lamontagne netted the equalizer with just over one minute remaining in the period, on an assist from Mangin.
The game would go into overtime, with the Terrriers netting the winning goal 45 seconds in when Morin deflected a shot from Connor Walsh past the Chargers netminder.
Zac Kershaw recorded 20 saves for the Chargers in the loss, while Michael Small record 21 in the winning effort.
The Terriers return to the ice tomorrow morning when they take on United States Coast Guard Academy at Sukee Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:20 AM.