Ice Hockey’s offense remains dormant

It was another game, another loss as the Rams dropped their ninth-straight game, this time to Westfield State on Feb. 7.

Shortly into the matchup, the Rams allowed a breakaway goal to the Owls’ Justin Collins. Jake Ratcliffe followed Collins with Westfield’s second goal six minutes later. 

Westfield kept up their dominance in the second period, scoring two goals – one off the stick of Tristan Theriot, and the second off a flashy backhand shot from Lenny Caglianone. 

The Rams spent almost as much time in the penalty box in the second period as they had shots on goal – spending six minutes in the box and firing only seven shots on goal. 

Ratcliffe added to his game-opening goal with two short-handed goals to close out the Westfield State victory. Both of his short-handed goals came in the first six minutes of the third period, ending the scoring at 6-0 Westfield.

The Rams were outshot in this game 47-28, forcing goalie Greg Harney to make 41 saves. This is the fifth time in the last six games that a Framingham goalie has made 40 or more saves in a losing effort. 

Westfield was led by Aaron Clancy on offense as he produced six shots on goal for the Owls.

Brody McDougal led the Rams with four shots on goal in the loss. 

During the Rams’ nine-game losing streak, they have been outscored by opponents 45-14. The 31-goal difference over the nine games almost equals the 39 goals the Rams have scored all season.

Framingham remains in last place in the MASCAC after the loss. 

Westfield State jumps up into the second place in the MASCAC with their win.

With one game left to play, the Owls are just one game back of Plymouth State in the conference.

With the loss, the Rams drop to 2-18-1 on the season.