WINSLOW, ME – The Thomas College hockey team fell to St. Joseph's College 7-6 on Friday night in a American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II match up at Sukee Arena.
The loss drops the Terriers to 0-2 on the season while the Monks stay undefeated at 3-0.
The Terriers struck first at the 8:18 mark when Christo Naranja carried the puck up the right side and found Ryan Ambrozy for an open shot. Monks goalie Jimmy Riley made the initial save and Tim McDermott jammed home the rebound for a 1-0 lead. With just 30 seconds remaining in the first, the Monks tied the game on a goal from Brendan Woelfel. Jason Riley and Ryan Berard were given the assist on the goal.
The Monks took a 2-1 at the 9:51 mark of the second period when Riley beat Terrier goalie Michael Small on a top shelf goal. Berard and Sean Costa earned the assists on Riley's goal. Thomas answered back at the 12:19 mark on the power play when Jason Dicey made a drop pass to Michael Hersom at the top of the face-off circle. Hersom sent a shot into a crowd in front, redirecting off a Monk defenseman into the net. Less than two minutes remaining in the second, the Monks scored two quick goals in 37 seconds to take a 4-2 lead. Riley and Berard (power play) were the goal scorers for the Monks. With 35 seconds remaining, Dean Pratt fired a shot that beat Riley five hole to bring the Terriers within one going into the final period; Eric Morin was credited with the assist.
Both teams added two goals each less than two minutes into the third period. Morin scored both goals for the Terriers while Dicey added two assists. The Monks received goals from Jack Gordon and Berard to give them a 6-5 lead. The Terriers brought the game to a 6-6 tie at the 15:49 mark when sophomore Alex Nadeau scored on a pass from Hersom. Gordon added the game winning goal for the Monks with a minute remaining to finish the scoring at 7-6.
Small was given the loss in goal after making 42 saves while Jimmy Riley earned the win for the Monks with 45 saves. The Terriers outshot the Monks 51-49 and held a 30-17 advantage in face-offs.
The Terriers return to action on Thursday, November 12, as they face-off against the University of Maine in an 8:00 p.m. contest at Sukee Arena.