WINSLOW, Maine – The Thomas College ice hockey team defeated Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 12-3, in a New England Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) matchup on Friday night at Sukee Arena.
The win extends the Terriers winning streak to eight games and completes the regular season at 10-6 overall and 8-4 in the NECHA. Alex Berard and Bryce Lamontagne each scored a hat trick while Christo Naranja recorded four assists.
The Terriers took an early lead in the first period when Dean Pratt got the scoring started at the 8:17 mark. Less than two minutes later, Eric Morin capitalized on a 2-on-1 chance with Michael Hersom for a 2-0 lead. Thomas took advantage of its first power play of the game at 15:23 when Berard fired in a one-time pass from Jason Dicey. Lamontagne finished the scoring at 4-0 in the first when he scored on a feed from Naranja at the 17:58 mark.
Pratt opened the scoring at 2:35 of the second period on a pass from Berard. The Terriers added two more goals to take a 7-0 lead from Ryan Ambrozy and Lamontagne; Naranja assisted on both goals. WPI scored its first goal of the game with a Tyler Costello power-play goal with 5:55 to play in the period.
The Terriers added five more goals in the third period on two goals from Berard, one from Nadeau, Dicey, and Lamontagne. The Engineers added two goals of their own from Ethan Shipulski and Costello to finish the game at 12-3.
Keegan Train was given the loss in goal for the Engineers, making 31 saves. He was relieved by Lauria Mazza in the third period and she made five saves.
The Terriers outshot WPI 41-40 and had a 26-20 advantage in face-offs. Thomas was 1-of-1 on the man-advantage while WPI went 1-of-4.
The Terriers will begin playoff action Saturday, February 20, as they face Springfield College in the New England Collegiate Hockey Association Colonial Conference semifinals. The game will be held at 11:10 a.m. at Conway Arena in Nashua, New Hampshire.