Hockey ends first half of season on a skid

(Matt Siegel (12) stickhandles through defenders in the neutral zone for the Rams. By Corey McFeeley)

Framingham dropped its matchup against Plymouth State by a score of 6-1.

The Rams struck first as Jack Pierson stole the puck in the neutral zone and beat the Panthers’ goalie on a break-away.

Christian La Croix answered two minutes later for the Panthers, when he poked in the puck off a deflected shot from Victor Bergstrom.

The game remained tied going into the second.

In the 6th minute of the second, Brandon Hamner got called for roughing the goalie, putting Plymouth on the power play.

Drake Longaker converted on the man advantage on a slap shot.

Immediately after killing a five-minute power play by Framingham, Plymouth took a two-goal lead when Peter Laviolette scored from the right circle.

Just 30 seconds later, J.R. Barone extended the Panthers’ lead by three.

In the third period, the Panthers added two more goals. Bergstrom scored the fifth goal midway through the period.

In the final minute on a Rams’ power play, Matt Volonnino stole the puck and scored short-handed to reach the final margin.

The Panthers outshot the Rams 42-16. Longaker led with six shots for Plymouth and Tyler Colacchio led the Rams with five shots. Greg Harney made 36 saves for the Rams in the loss and Andreas Pettersson made 15 stops for the Panthers.

The Rams move to 2-7-2 on the season and 1-4 in the MASCAC.

The Rams ended the first half of their season with a 9-4 loss to Salem State.

The Vikings started off fast as they scored three goals in the first six minutes of play.

Brody Heleno got credit for the first, Aleksi Mustaniemi got the tally for the second and Mackenzie Cook scored the third.

Jake McKinnon got the Rams on the board at the 16:32 mark.

At the end of the first, it was a 3-1 game.

Cook scored his second goal of the game in the 7th minute of the period.

Jack Sheehan responded on a wrist shot about six minutes later to pull the Rams within two.

A minute later, Cook converted off the feed from Casey Miller for a hat trick on the day.

Sheehan answered again for the Rams off an assist from Hamner.

Right before the end of the second, Ryan Wilkinson extended the lead back to three for the Vikings.

Miller scored the seventh goal for Salem at the 1:10 mark of the third.

Matt Siegal beat Vikings’ goalie Jason Pucciarelli glove side for the Rams’ final goal of the game.

Salem added two more insurance goals before the period ended. Cook got his fourth of the day in the 11th minute and Michael Casale reached the final margin with just over a minute left in the game.

Salem outshot Framingham 40-32. Cook led the Vikings with six shots on net and Hamner led the Rams with seven shots. Brendan Cytulik got the start in net for Framingham and made 14 saves before giving way to Adam Calabrese at the start of the third, who saved 17. Pucciarelli made 28 saves in the win.

The Rams fall to 2-8-2 on the season and 1-5 in the MASCAC.

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