Nashua, N.H. – The Thomas College ice hockey team defeated Springfield College 4-2 in the NECHA Colonial Conference Semifinal on Saturday afternoon at Conway Arena.
Springfield was first to light the lamp in the final minutes of a fast and physical first period, and the Pride held a 1-0 lead after the first period of play
Early in the second period, Justin Wentworth (China, Maine) received a beautiful pass from Jaymen Swygert (Summerville, S.C.) and buried it to put the Thomas on the scoreboard and tie it 1-1. The Terriers capitalized on their first power play opportunity when Hunter Hughes (Lewiston, Maine) scored on are-directed puck from Wentworth, giving Thomas a 2-1 lead after two periods.
Cameron Bigelow (West Gardiner, Maine) battled in front of the net and buried the go-ahead goal for the Terriers to make it 3-1. The Pride replied with their second goal of the game and cut their deficit to a single goal. Ryan Kappelmann (Auburn, Maine) earned the Terriers a comfortable two-goal lead on a bar-down rocket from the blueline, making it a 4-2 victory.
Miloslav Fuksa (Karlovy, Czech Republic) earned the win in goal for Thomas.
The Terriers will play the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for the NECHA Colonial Conference Championship on Sunday, February 16 at the Conway Arena in Nashua, N.H.