AUBURN, ME – The Thomas College club ice hockey team dropped an 8-2 decision to Central Maine Community College in an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) contest on Friday night.
In their season opener, the Terriers fall to 0-1 (0-0 Colonial) while the Mustangs improve to 4-1 in their fifth contest.
The Terriers opened the scoring at 8:25 of the first period as they went to work on a power play. Senior Jason Dicey circled the offensive zone, sending a hard shot through a screened Mustang goalie and in for a 1-0 lead. Just under a minute later, Charles Campagna slammed home a rebound for the Mustangs to tie the game at 1-1. At the 11:04 mark, CMCC took the lead as a defensive turnover led to Caleb LaBrie firing the puck past Terrier goalie Michael Small.
The Terriers tied the game up once again at 16:24 as they capitalized on another power play. Bryce Lamontange sent a centering pass to Andrew Gonyaw who redirected the puck in for his first goal as a Terrier. Right before the end of the first, the Mustangs took a 3-2 lead as Matt Poulin batted a loose puck out of mid-air an into the Terrier goal.
The Mustangs put away two more goals in the second period and three more in the third, including a hat-trick from Evan Sullivan, a second from LaBrie, and one from Matt Henderson to finish the scoring at 8-2.
Junior Michael Small was given the loss in goal for the Terriers, turning aside 22 shots in two periods. Thomas Green made 10 stops for the Terriers in the third. Tyler Friel earned the win in goal for the Mustangs, making 26 saves and was relieved by Joshua Ehiorobo who made 15 saves. The Terriers outshot the Mustangs 43-40.
In their next game, the Terriers will host the University of Maine club team on Wednesday, November 16, in an 8:10 p.m. ACHA matchup at the Camden National Bank Ice Vault.