Green Stops 52, Terriers Drop Home Opener 7-6 in OT

Green Stops 52, Terriers Drop Home Opener 7-6 in OT

AUGUSTA, ME – The Thomas College club hockey team dropped a 7-6 overtime loss to the University of Maine (Club) at the Camden National Bank Ice Vault on Wednesday night.

In the loss the Terriers drop to 0-2 (0-0 Colonial) on the season while the Black Bears improve to 4-3-1.  Jason Dicey recorded a goal and three assists to lead the Terriers offense while Andrew Gonyaw added two goals and an assist.  Justin Portillo netted the game winner to complete the hat trick just 31 seconds into the overtime period.

Portillo got the Black Bears on the board at 6:38 of the first on the power play for his first goal of the game and a 1-0 lead.  Still shorthanded, Dicey stole the puck, went in on a breakaway, and finished for his second goal of the season, tying the game up at 1-1.  Within six minutes, Maine tallied two power play goals from Dallas Clark and Theo Rattner to take a 3-2 lead.  Just before the end of the period, the Terriers answered on a power play as Gonyaw redirected an Alex Berard shot to bring the game to 3-2.

Halfway through the second period, Thomas tied the game up as Dicey found an open Berard out front as he scored his first goal of the season.  Maine would take a 4-3 lead with seven seconds remaining in the period as Clark notched his second of the game.

The Terriers rallied back to tie the game at 8:05 as Ryan Ambrozy's backhand shot beat Maine goalie Calvin Shelley.  The Black Bears would pull away to a 6-4 lead at 14:53 and 18:48 as Nick Dunne and Portillo each buried a goal. 

With forty seconds left in regulation, Bryce Lamontagne brought the game within one on a feed from Gonyaw.  Just 30 seconds later, Gonyaw slammed in a rebound out front to tie the game at 6-6 and to force an overtime.

Portillo wasted no time in the extra frame as he beat Terrier goalie Tom Green top shelf to finish the scoring at 7-6.

Green turned aside 52 shots in the loss for Thomas while Shelley made 22 saves for Maine.  The Black Bears outshot the Terriers 59-28.

The Terriers next contest is scheduled for December 3, as they face conference opponent Saint Joseph's (ME) at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine Arena.