NASHUA, N.H. – The Thomas College ice hockey team defeated Springfield College, 5-1, in the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) Colonial Conference semifinals on Saturday morning at Conway Arena.
Senior captain Eric Morin scored two goals in the victory while Jason Dicey and Connor Walsh each finished with two assists. With the win, the Terriers advance to Sunday's NECHA Colonial Conference Championship game to face Norwich University. The Cadets were 3-1 winners over New Haven in Saturday's late game. The puck is scheduled to drop at 12:10 p.m. at Conway Arena.
The Pride began the scoring at the 1:20 mark of the first period when a Nate Farrington shot found its way through a screened Michael Small to give Springfield a 1-0 lead.
The Terriers answered back at the 3:03 mark of the second when Bryce Lamontagne scored on assists by Dean Pratt and Alex Berard. Thomas extended its lead just over a minute later when Morin netted his first goal of the game to give the Terriers a 2-1 lead after two.
Thomas added an insurance goal at 3:10 of the third period as Morin scored his second of the game off a Dicey rebound. At 10:21, Alex Berard banked a shot off a Springfield defenseman into the Pride net. Walsh was credited with the assist. The scoring finished at 5-1 when Michael Hersom beat Springfield goalie Ryan Deviney. The assists on the goal went to Dicey and Walsh.
Small earned the win in goal for the Terriers after stopping 42 shots while Deviney was given the loss for the Pride, making 40 saves. The Terriers outshot the Pride 45-42 and held a 27-23 advantage in face-offs. Thomas was 1-5 on the man advantage while Springfield went 0-4.