Ice hockey falls to 3-10-1 in MASCAC

The Rams are led in points by underclassmen Keith Barnaby and Jake McKinnon. (Photo by Erin Fitzmaurice)

The Rams faced a tough shutout in a MASCAC matchup against Fitchburg State at Loring Arena on Feb. 4.

The Falcons scored early in the first period when John Celi converted on a play from Ryan Connolly and Max Lorenzen in the fourth minute.

Both teams remained scoreless for the remainder of the first period and the entire second.

In the third period, Fitchburg took control again and scored two goals early only a minute apart.

The Rams were unable to find the back of the net, while Mike Fertz scored a fourth and final goal of the game for the Falcons.

Neither team was able to get a point on the power plays but despite the loss, the Rams outshot the Falcons 34-29.

Tyler Colacchio led the Rams with 14 shots on net and Adam Calabrese turned away 25 shots.

The Rams hosted Worcester State on Saturday Feb. 6 for a MASCAC matchup.

The game was off to a slow start as both teams were unable to convert on any plays and ended the first period 0-0.

Marcus Mazur put the Lancers on the board in the first five minutes of the second period and 15 minutes later Alex DeWitz scored a second, ending the period 2-0 Worcester.

Colacchio finally put the Rams in the game in the first 50 seconds of the third on a power play. He was assisted by Vaughn Guetens and Mark Essery.

Unfortunately the success was short-lived as Joe White scored for Worcester two minutes later.

In an attempted comeback Framingham pulled their goalie in the final minutes, but Nicholas Drill took a shot and scored on the empty net.

Despite being able to hold off its opponent on seven power plays, Framingham took a 4-1 loss.

Calabrese made 30 saves and Framingham was outshot 34-22.

Framingham State faced Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday Feb. 9 in a non-conference game at home.

The first period started off at a fast pace as Artem Efimov-Barakov scored first for the Penmen at 4:46.  Less than a minute later, Kyle Valliere added on a second goal and the Penmen took the early lead.

Essery put the Rams on the board in the 12th minute of the game when he converted on a play from Rick O’Connor and Chris Andre.

O’Connor evened the score with a goal of his own and an assist from Essery in the 17th minute.

Cam Hoffman pushed the Rams ahead a minute later when he beat SNHU’s goalie with a shot assisted by Melvin Nichols and Greg Stoya, ending the period 3-2 Rams.

The second period started off at a slower pace until the 17th minute, when the Rams took a penalty and let up a goal on the power play.

Less than a minute later Valliere scored his second goal of the game and gave the Penmen a one point lead to end the second.

In the third period Jake McKinnon scored in the third minute on a power play and tied the game 4-4 with hopes of a win for the Rams.

Unfortunately Efimov-Barakov was able to convert on a power play for the Penmen and scored the winning goal.

Scott Nicolich started in net for the Rams, but was relieved by Calabrese in the first period.  Calabrese made 25 saves and the Rams were outshot 34-27.

With the loss the Rams drop to 4-15-1 on the regular season.

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