WINSLOW, ME — The Thomas College ice hockey team defeated Springfield College, 3-1, in an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) matchup Saturday afternoon at Sukee Arena.
The win improves the Terriers to 4-5 on the year while the Pride drop to 6-3.
The Terriers power play unit struck first at the 5:17 mark of the opening period when Eric Morin beat Pride goaltender Ryan Deviney for an early 1-0 lead. Michael Hersom and Jason Dicey were credited with the assists. Thomas struck again at the 11:27 mark as Alex Berard beat two Springfield defensemen to skate in all alone to lift the score at 2-0. The Pride had two power-play opportunities in the period but could not capitalize.
At the 11:08 mark of the second, the Terriers power play came through once again to give them a 3-0 lead going into the final period. Dicey's cross-ice pass found Hersom wide open on the right side. Hersom's initial shot squeaked through the goaltender, leaving it for Christo Naranja to tap it in for the goal. Springfield had four power-play chances including a 5-on-3 but could not beat Terrier goalie Michael Small.
Springfield looked to rally in the third period when they were given a five-minute power play. Jake Barnacle's point shot found its way through traffic into the Terrier goal to make it 3-1 with 14:21 to play. The Terriers penalty kill held strong for the remainder of the game finishing the game for a 3-1 Terrier victory.
Small earned the win in goal for the Terriers stopping 43 shots while Deviney was given the loss in goal for the Pride with 25 saves. The Pride outshot the Terriers, 41-28, while Thomas had a 27-26 advantage in face-offs. Springfield was an unsuccessful 1-for-8 on the power play while the Terriers were 2-for-5.
The Terriers will be back in action January 15 when they face Bates College in an 8:30 p.m. contest at Sukee Arena.