Framingham wins two of final three regular season games

Melvin Nichols, Rick O’Connor, Cam Hoffman, Vaughn Guetens and Mark Essery celebrate Senior Night together. (Photo courtesy of Allie Morton)

FSU vs. Westfield State
Framingham State traveled to Amelia Park Ice Arena on Feb. 18 to face Westfield State in a MASCAC matchup.
Vaughn Guetens put the Rams on the board in the seventh minute of the game when Melvin Nichols won the faceoff and passed the puck to Cameron Coburn who assisted the goal.
Cam Klahre scored the next two goals extending the Rams lead to 3-0.
With under a minute left in the period, Keith Barnaby scored a fourth goal for the Rams.
The Owls dominated the second period scoring three goals in an attempt to make a comeback.
Nik Passero scored the first goal followed shortly after by a goal from Colby Daniels and another from Passero.
The third period was evenly played. Passero scored a fourth goal for Westfield and evened the score.
With nine minutes left in the game, Framingham got the puck in Westfield’s end. There was a scramble in front of the net, but Tyler Colacchio was able to poke the puck past Owls goalie, earning Framingham the win.
Alessio Muggli made 32 saves in net.

FSU vs. Salem State
On Saturday, Feb. 20, Framingham honored their four seniors, Rick O’Connor, Melvin Nichols, Cameron Hoffman and Richard Hill before their last game at Loring Arena.
The first period ended 0-0 as neither team was able to score.
The Vikings scored two goals in the first half of the second period, giving themselves the lead.
Guetens put the Rams on the board in the 20th minute on a power play when he converted on a pass from Hayden Lyle.
The third period started slow until Cameron Moniz scored a third goal for the Vikings, extending their lead.
Colacchio scored five minutes later on another power play. He was assisted by O’Connor and Guetens.
Casey Miller scored the fourth goal for Salem with only two minutes left in the game on a power play.
The final score was 4-2 Salem. The Rams were outshot 42-29 and Muggli made 38 saves in net.

FSU vs. UMass Dartmouth
Framingham closed out its regular season with a 3-0 shutout against UMass Dartmouth.
In the first period O’Connor scored first for the Rams with an assist from Essery and Tyler Gmerek.
Essery scored a goal of his own in the last minute of the period when Ryan McDonough and Guetens assisted him giving the Rams a 2-0 lead.
The second period was dominated by the Corsairs as they outshot the Rams 17-3. However, they were unable to get a puck past Muggli and both teams remained scoreless.
The third period started slow. Corsairs continued to press Framingham’s defense but were still unable to score.
In an attempt to get a goal, UMD pulled their goalie in the last three minutes. O’Connor took advantage of the empty net and passed to Essery who was able to make the shot, ending the game 3-0 Rams.
Muggli made 42 saves, earning the shutout and his third win of the season.
Framingham closed the season 5-12-1 in the MASCAC and 6-18-1 on the season.
The Rams earned themselves the No. 6 seed in the MASCAC tourney where they will travel to face Fitchburg state, No. 3 seed, this Saturday the 27th.

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