Rams struggles continue, remain winless in MASCAC

[Darian O'Donnell]

Framingham State lost a MASCAC matchup against Salem State Dec. 1 by a score of 6-0.

The Vikings scored their first goal of the game at the 3:01 mark when Mackenzie Cook fired a wrist shot into the net.

Three minutes later, Salem State went to the power play when Keith Barnaby got called for hooking. Callum Hofford capitalized on the man advantage with a slap shot that trickled passed Rams goaltender Adam Calabrese to make it 2-0.

Brandon Platt extended the Vikings lead with a backhand goal about mid-way through the period. Eric Rogorzenski and Brad Jones assisted on the play.

The second period was more of the same for Salem State. An early turnover right in front of the Rams net ended up on the stick of Michael Casale who put the puck in the back of the goal to make it a 4-0 game.

Later in the period, the Vikings went to the power play again when Brendan Pascarella got the call for tripping. Halfway through the power play, Vikings’ John Needham scored off the feed from Casey Miller.

Ryan Wilkinson scored the final goal of the game at the 16:30 mark in the second period with Cook and Connor Irving assisting on the score.

Salem State outshot Framingham State 37-20. Calabrese recorded 31 saves for the Rams and Jason Pucciarelli stopped all 20 shots for the Vikings.

The Rams fall to 1-7 and 0-5 in the MASCAC.

Framingham lost a close game to UMass Dartmouth 4-3 on Dec 3.

The Rams struck first when a Mark Essery shot on goal was initially stopped by goalie Drew Michals but the puck barely got passed the line during the save and counted.

The Corsairs’ Casey Shea scored the equalizer at the 14:26 mark off the feed from Mike Sones.

About a minute and a half later, UMass took the lead when Steven Leonard scored on a wrist shot. Jerry Laakso assisted on the play.

In the beginning of the second period, Tyler Colacchio answered with a tough goal in front of the Corsairs’ net that knotted the game at two.

The tie broke just a minute later when Kyle Zacharewicz went top shelf on Calabrese for his first goal of the season.

UMass got some breathing room with a power play goal late in the second period. Brandon Berkley capitalized off a pass from Shea to make it a 4-2 game.

About halfway through the third period the Rams cut the lead to one when Ryan McDonough redirected a shot from Essery into the back of the net.

The Rams had seven shots on goal in the last nine minutes of play but were not able to tie the game.

The Rams had a slight 31-30 advantage in shots on goal but could not get the win. Calabrese made 26 saves and Michals recorded 28 saves.

The Rams drop to 1-8 and 0-6 in the MASCAC.      

Framingham State lost its final game of the first half of the season against Assumption 10-2.

The Greyhounds struck first at the 2:57 mark. Peter McDonagh scored with Cam Laughlin and Brendan Philippon assisting on the play.

Jake Moore made it a two-goal game scoring off the feed from Sam Kelly. After the goal, Framingham pulled goaltender Calabrese for Matthew Pearless.

Just four minutes after the second goal, McDonough put the Rams on the board cutting the lead in half.

Framingham had confidence going into the second period. In the fourth minute of the second, the Rams tied the game with a quick shot by Barnaby.

Assumption regained the lead just 30 seconds later. Tommy Mahoney got the puck on an offensive faceoff and put it in the net.

Scores from Philippon and Laughlin in a span of three minutes gave the Greyhounds a 5-2 lead and they did not look back.

The third period was all Assumption. The Greyhounds scored three goals between the seventh and 10th minute. Stephen Picard, Nick Fenuccio and Mike Sorenti each scored their first goal of the season and put the team up by six.

Mahoney scored on back-to-back power plays to give himself a hat trick for the day and reach the final margin.

Assumption had a 34-33 advantage in shots on goals but were able to capitalize on more opportunities. Pearless recorded 20 saves for the Rams and Brian Nazzaro made 31 saves for the Greyhounds.

The Rams fall to 1-9 and will look to turn their season around after winter break in a MASCAC matchup with Fitchburg State.