EXETER, NH — The Thomas College hockey team defeated Colby-Sawyer College, 10-6, in a non-conference matchup at the Rinks at Exeter on Sunday morning.
The win improves the Terriers to 3-5 on the season while the Chargers fall to 3-3. Jason Dicey led the way with five points, scoring two goals and adding three assists. Freshman Alex Berard recorded a hat trick in the win.
Senior Eric Morin opened the scoring at the 1:40 mark of the first period when he fired a shot from the slot, beating the Charger's goaltender; Dicey was credited with the assist. The two connected once again at 13:42 when Dicey found Morin all alone in front of the Charger net for his second of the game and a Terriers 2-0 lead.
The Chargers answered right back just 15 seconds later when Joey Fenuccio scored to bring them within one. At the 17:51 mark, Dean Pratt added a goal for the Terriers when he followed up on his own rebound. Less than a minute later, Alex Nadeau tipped the puck up to Pratt on a breakaway to finish the scoring in the first at 4-1.
Colby-Sawyer came out scoring in the second period adding three straight goals, including one power-play goal, in the first six minutes bring the game to a 4-4 tie. Sophomore Michael Small took over in goal for the Terriers, relieving starting goalie Connor Blair.
After three straight penalties, the Terriers had to play two men down on a 5-on-3 opportunity for the Chargers. Michael Hersom was sent in on a breakaway pass from Dicey and he finished the shorthanded goal at 9:29.
A Chargers goal 20 seconds later tied the game at 5-5. In the final ten minutes of the second, Berard netted his three straight goals for the hat trick and an 8-5 Terrier lead.
Colby-Sawyer cut into the Terrier lead at the 9:48 mark of the third on a goal from Chris Finley. The Terriers answered just three minutes after when Hersom sent a pass to Dicey alone in front, giving Thomas a 9-6 lead. Dicey added an empty-net goal in the final seconds to finish the game at 10-6.
Small earned the win in goal for the Terriers after relieving Blair while Zack Kershaw was given the loss for the Chargers.
The Terriers will hit the ice again on Saturday, December 12, as they host Springfield in a 3:00 p.m. American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) contest at Sukee Arena.