Hockey’s conference struggles continue, fall to last place

(Jake McKinnon (7) battles for the puck behind the net as Michael Gennello (19) looks on. By Corey McFeeley)

The Rams dropped their game against Fitchburg State on Jan. 18 by a score of 6-4.

Brandon Hamner got the Rams on the board quickly off the feed from Walker Hamilton.

The Falcons’ Josh Victor tied the game a little over midway through the first, beating goalie Adam Calabrese on the stick side.

About five minutes into the second period, the Falcons took the lead on a shot from Kevin Perry. Perry scored again four minutes later on a short-handed goal to increase the Falcons’ lead to two.

Tyler Colacchio scored unassisted which brought the Rams within one.

A minute later, Derek Ridgway got called for roughing, putting Fitchburg on the power play. Christopher Vicario converted on the power play to extend the lead back to two goals.

Jake McKinnon scored a goal late in the period for Framingham, which again closed the gap to one, heading into the third.

The Rams tied the game just two minutes into the third on a wrist shot from Ryan Paul.    

However, James Gordon gave the Falcons the lead late on a power play goal. Gordon sealed the game with an empty netter with 30 seconds left.

The Rams outshot the Falcons 42-37. Jack Sheehan and Tyler Warila led their teams in shots with seven each.

Calabrese made 31 saves for Framingham and Brian McGrath made 38 stops for Fitchburg.

The Rams move to 3-10-2 on the season and 2-6 in the MASCAC.

Framingham lost a game against UMass Dartmouth 5-1 on Jan. 20.

Special teams played a big part in this game, as the Corsairs scored three of their five goals during some sort of man advantage.

On Framingham’s first power play of the day, Hunter Wilhoite stole the puck from a Rams’ defender and found a streaking Casey Shea for a short-handed goal.

Kenny Tenzca extended the Corsairs’ lead when he scored at the 9:11 mark.

In the fifth minute of the second, Brandon Berkley increased the UMass lead to three.

Hamilton scored the Rams’ first goal at the 13:47 mark in the second.

Two power-play goals in the third period by Mike Stones and Jonathan Ruiz clinched the win for the Corsairs.

UMass outshot Framingham 41-33. Shea led the Corsairs with seven shots while Hamilton led the Rams with five. Greg Harney made 30 saves in the loss and Drew Michals stopped 24 shots for the Corsairs.

The Rams fall to 3-11-2 on the season and 2-7 in the MASCAC.

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