WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College club hockey team came up short, 5-4, to Central Maine Community College in an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) contest on Friday night at the Camden National Bank Ice Vault.
The Terriers fall to 0-1 in their season opener while the Mustangs improve to 2-3 on the year.
The Mustangs opened the scoring halfway through the first period as Sean Coleman sprung loose on a breakaway to put his team up 1-0. Thomas responded with three minutes left in the period as Alex Lawson scored from the slot on a feed from Colby Blondin to tie the game.
CMCC took advantage of a power play opportunity early in the second frame as Collin Sheehan redirected a point shot from Pat Pearson to regain the lead. Once again, the Terriers tied the game up five minutes later as Zach Gagne sent Lawson in on a breakaway for his second of the contest.
The Mustangs looked to pull away just minutes after as Coleman netted back-to-back markers to complete the hat trick with 7:33 remaining in the third. The Terriers added one more goal before the end of the second from Matt Jolicoeur bring his team back within one.
Near the midpoint of the third, CMCC netted an insurance marker from Coleman's fourth goal of the game. Thomas was awarded a five minute power play late in the third period and could only muster a goal from Gagne with two minutes left to finish the scoring at 5-4.
Lawson led the Terriers with two goals while Blondin tallied three assists on the night.
Josh Ehiorobo earned the win in goal for CMCC, stopping 29 shots. Michael Small shouldered the loss in goal for Thomas before being relieved by Tom Green in the second period.
The Terriers will travel to Orono on Wednesday, November 15 to play the University of Maine club program at 6:00 p.m.