Hockey drops three staight, look to turn things around in New Year

(Rick O’Connor plays a pass up the boards to Derek Ridgeway. Photo by Brad Leuchte)

Framingham State hosted Salem State on Dec. 3 for a MASCAC matchup that resulted in a 5-0 loss.

Salem took the lead only four minutes into the game when Michael Chen scored a goal that was followed by a second from Andrew Bucci 13 minutes later.  The first period ended with SSU leading 2-0.

Four minutes into the second period, Michael Casale scored again for SSU.

In the 8th minute of the game Tyler Colacchio got a breakaway, but was hooked in front of the net. The Rams were awarded a penalty shot but it went just wide of the net, leaving the score 3-0 Salem.

The Vikings added on two more goals before closing the second period, making the final score 5-0.

The third period remained scoreless as both teams were unable to convert on any plays.

Adam Calabrese made 19 saves before being relieved by Alessio Muggli after the last goal in the second period. Muggli made 10 saves and the Rams were outshot 34-25.

The Rams lost a close MASCAC game to UMass Dartmouth at Loring Arena on Dec. 5.

UMD tallied two goals in the first four minutes of the game giving them an early lead.  Mark Essery cut the deficit in half only a minute later when he scored off a rebound.

In the 11th minute there was a collision in the net and Calabrese was carried off the ice and replaced by Muggli.  Calabrese made four saves.

The Rams evened up the game when Brent Barber scored on a power play in the 18th minute of the game. Rick O’Connor took the lead 20 seconds later when he went unassisted to the net, ending the period 3-2, Rams.

In the second period, Colacchio scored for the Rams only 27 seconds in on a power play.

The Corsairs quickly retaliated with two goals of their own, evening the score.

Colacchio took back the lead, completed a hat trick and scored the final goal for the Rams at 18:33.

The Rams gave up two goals in the final period of the game.  Mike Sones scored for UMD a minute in.

In the 14th minute, the final goal of the game was scored when Brandon Gilmore intercepted a pass from Framingham’s defense and converted the shot.

UMD had a total of 49 shots on net and FSU had a close 48. Muggli made 38 saves and Drew Michals made 42 for the Corsairs.

With the loss, Framingham drops to 1-5 in the MASCAC.

The Rams traveled to Worcester to face Assumption on Dec. 9 for a non-conference game.

Framingham took the lead early in the first period when Rich Hill took a shot from the blue line that made it past Assumption’s goaltender.

In the second period, Brandon Bete and Nick Fennuccio each scored within five minutes, giving the Greyhounds the lead.

Greg Stoya took the puck up the ice several times before Cam Klahre was able to convert the play into a goal.

Less than a minute later, Ryan Gomez scored for Assumption and took back the lead.

In the third period, the teams went back-to-back with goals. Jack Murphy scored first for the Rams at 2:08, but was quickly followed by a goal from Stephen Picard for the Greyhounds.

O’Connor tied up the game with just five minutes remaining, making the score 4-4.

Matt Cowles put the Greyhounds up for good when he converted on a pass from Picard.  Assumption took a shot on an empty Rams’ net, but the shot went too far right and missed.

Alex Erban scored the final goal with only two minutes left in the game for Assumption.

Muggli made 46 saves and the Rams were outshot 52-49.  With the loss, the Rams close out the semester 2-8 on the season and 1-5 in the MASCAC.

The Rams return to the ice after the New Year at Western New England on Jan. 6.

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