Framingham drops MASCAC Quarterfinal to Fitchburg

The Rams line up along the goal line for the playing of the national anthem prior to the start of a game earlier this year. (Photo by Erin Fitzmaurice)

The sixth-seeded Rams traveled to Fitchburg to take on the third-seeded Falcons in the MASCAC quarterfinals on Feb. 27.

Fitchburg got on the scoreboard quickly as James Gordon beat Rams goaltender Alessio Muggli to put the Falcons up 1-0 at the 1:22 mark of the first period. The goal was assisted by Nat Rojas.

The remainder of the period was scoreless, and the Rams went into the locker room at the first intermission down 1-0.

Halfway through the second period, Framingham’s Mark Essery picked up a minor penalty for boarding.

John Celli capitalized on this 40 seconds later as he scored a power play goal to put the Falcons up 2-0. The goal was assisted by Max Lorenzen and Ryan Connolly. 

In the third period, just five minutes in, Rick O’Connor was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Celli again would capitalize on a Framingham penalty. This time, Michael Fretz passed to Lorenzen, who then passed to Celli. He fired a shot on net for his second goal of the game to make it 3-0.

At the 17:19 mark of the third period, the Falcons would add one more goal. This time it was Connolly who put the puck in the back of the net.

Lorenzen and Cetti both recorded assists on the goal that made it 4-0.

Framingham was outshot by the Falcons 36-25 in the loss.

The Rams went 0-for-5 on power play opportunities and 5-for-7 when on the penalty kill.

Muggli registered 32 saves for the Rams. O’Conner, Keith Barnaby, Jake McKinnon, Chris Gravelle and Chris Andre all tied for the team-high of three shots on goal in the loss.

Framingham ends its season with an overall record of 6-19-1 while going 5-12-1 in the MASCAC, which was good for sixth place in the conference.

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