Penalties Costly in Terriers Playoff Loss to Springfield

Penalties Costly in Terriers Playoff Loss to Springfield

NASHUA, NH – The Thomas College club ice hockey team allowed three power play goals in a 4-1 loss to Springfield in the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) Colonial Conference Semifinals.

In the loss, the Terriers were eliminated from postseason play while the Pride move on to the Colonial Championship on Sunday.

The Pride took a 2-0 lead in the first three minutes of play and never looked back throughout the contest.  Nate Farrington got Springfield on the board at 1:05 of the first as his point shot found his way through a screened Michael Small.  Following an early penalty, the Pride scored their second on a goal from Chris Vienea who picked up a loose puck in front.

Tom Green relieved Small in goal for the Terriers to begin the second period, looking to make a spark.  The period remained scoreless until Vienea netted his second of the game for a 3-0 lead with six seconds left.  Green pleaded to the officials that Vienea swatted the puck in with his hand but the goal stood for Springfield.

The Terriers showed life at 4:56 of the third as Colby Blondin brought Thomas within two on a goal off his own rebound.  With 8:54 remaining, the Pride put the game out of reach as Vienea completed the hat trick for a 4-1 victory.

Small was given the loss in goal for the Terriers while Ryan Deviney earned the win for Springfield.