Terriers Fall to Black Bears in Season Opener

Terriers Fall to Black Bears in Season Opener

ORONO, ME - The Thomas College ice hockey team fell to The University of Maine 10-7 on Thursday night in an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II contest at the Harold Alfond Arena.

The Terriers opened the game strong as they scored just two minutes into the first period.  First year Dean Pratt sent a pass to sophomore Alex Nadeau who scored on a breakaway to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead.  In the next four minutes the Black Bears quickly added three goals to put them up 3-1.  With 6:41 remaining in the period, Maine added another goal to increase their lead to 4-1.  Less than a minute after on the power play, Eric Crawley redirected a Michael Hersom shot in front of the goal that beat the Black Bear goalie to bring the game to 4-2 at the end of the first.

Just three minutes into the second period, Maine increased their lead to 5-2 as they netted a goal on the power play.  At 4:41, Jason Dicey added his first of the year on a one time shot from a Hersom centering pass.  The Black Bears answered again less than two minutes later when they scored on another power play.  With 3:55 remaining in the second, Dicey fired a shot from the right circle that was stopped by the Black Bear goalie.  Pratt was standing in front of the net and jammed in the rebound for his first goal as a Terrier to bring the game to 6-4 at the end of the second period.

Maine got on the board first seven minutes into the third period as they scored their third power play goal of the game.  Less than two minutes later, the Terriers answered back on an Eric Morin goal assisted by Dicey and Hersom. After another Black Bear, goal the Terriers cut the lead once more when Dicey scored his second of the game off of a face-off.  Thomas narrowed the Maine lead to 8-7 when Pratt once again sent Nadeau in on a breakaway to score a shorthanded goal.  The Black Bears added their fourth power play and an empty net goal to finish the scoring at 10-7.

Sophomore Michael Small was given the loss in goal for the Terriers with a 36-save performance.  He was relieved halfway through the third period by senior Dakota Gendreau who stopped 12 shots.  The Black Bears outshot the Terriers 58-33, while the Terriers held a 28-27 edge in face-offs.

The Terriers will return to the ice on Friday, November 6, when they take on St. Joseph's College in an 8 p.m. matchup at Sukee Arena.