MARLBOROUGH, MA – The Thomas College club ice hockey team went 1-1 over the weekend as the Terriers defeated WPI, 3-1, on Friday and dropped a 6-3 decision to Springfield on Saturday.
Following the weekend, the Terriers now sit at 3-3 overall and hold a 3-1 Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association Colonial Conference record.
Thomas 3, WPI 1
With a scoreless first period, the Terriers got on the board at 5:42 of the second period on a goal from Alex Berard (Winslow, Maine / Winslow). Freshmen Andrew Gonyaw (Newport, Vermont / North Country) and Matthew Deveaux (Brunswick, Maine / Brunswick) were credited with the assists. Just under five minutes later Thomas received an insurance goal from Kyle Mangin (Franklin Lakes, N.J. / Ramapo) on the power play for a 2-0 lead.
The Engineers looked to make a comeback six minutes into the final period as Bobby Ronacher's goal brought the game within one. Thomas held on in the final minutes as Berard iced the game with an empty net goal with a few seconds remaining to earn the 3-1 victory.
Junior Michael Small (Brentwood, N.H. / Rice Memorial) earned the victory in goal for the Terriers while Keegan Train was given the loss for the Engineers.
Springfield 6, Thomas 3
The Terriers entered their second game on Saturday without top scorers Jason Dicey (Keene, N.H. / Keene) and Bryce Lamontagne (Saco, Maine / Thornton Academy) along with top defenseman Dylan Fernandez (Swanzey, N.H. / Monadnock).
The Pride opened the game with three straight goals in the first period for a big 3-0 advantage. In his first game back, Colby Blondin (Colchester, Vermont / Colchester) responded with two goals to bring the game within one.
In the second, Springfield increase their lead to 5-2 on goals from Nathan Farrington and Jason Maxwell. Blondin finished the period with a goal to complete the hat trick and bring the Terriers within striking distance.
In the middle of the third, James Baker put the game out of reach to finish the scoring at 6-3 in favor of Springfield.
Freshman Tom Green (Biddeford, Maine / Biddeford) was given the loss in goal for the Terriers and was relieved by Small. Ryan Deviney earned the victory in goal for the Pride.
The Terriers next game will be Friday, January 20 as they host CMCC in an 8:00 p.m. contest at the Camden National Bank Ice Vault.