Hockey’s season comes to an end

Corey McFeeley / THE GATEPOST

Framingham State traveled to UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 14 to take on the Corsairs in a MASCAC game. 

After almost a full period of scoreless play, the Rams finally broke through with three minutes left in the first. Brandon Hamner scored unassisted for Framingham to give the Rams a 1-0 lead. 

Just over three minutes into the second period, the Corsairs answered with a goal of their own. Cameron Mack scored the goal with assists from Steven Leonard and Eric Bolden to make it 1-1. 

Midway through the second, the Rams broke through to take a 2-1 lead. Jack Sheehan netted his sixth goal of the season off assists from Ryan Paul and Bryan Whelan.

The Corsairs struck back with just over a minute remaining in the second to tie the game at 2-2. Mason Nichols ripped a shot past Rams goalie Adam Calabrese with assists from Leonard and Bolden. 

Thirty seconds into the third period, Walker Hamilton was called for a penalty, giving the Corsairs an early power-play opportunity. 

Jonathan Ruiz took advantage of the power play, scoring a goal to put the Corsairs up 3-2, early in the final period. 

Another Rams’ penalty gave the Corsairs a second power play chance in the first five minutes of the period. This time, Brody McDougal was called for the penalty. 

Again, the Corsairs took full advantage and scored their second power-play goal of the period. Leonard scored his first goal of the game off an assist from Ruiz to make it 4-2. 

A third Rams’ penalty in the first five minutes of the third period gave the Corsairs another power-play opportunity. Jeffrey Gratz was called for tripping for the Rams. 

Bolden scored his first goal of the game on the power play with assists coming from Leonard and Ruiz to put the Corsairs up 5-2. 

Midway through the third, the Corsairs added an insurance goal to go up 6-2. This time, Nicholas Short scored the goal off assists from Kai Kapossy and Nichols. 

Just over a minute later, the Rams struck back to cut the deficit to 6-3, as Paul took a pass from Soren Colstrup and fired it into the net. 

But the comeback effort was too little, too late, as the Corsairs earned a 6-3 victory over the Rams. 

Paul led the Rams in the loss with a goal and an assist. 

Nolan Greene and Calabrese split time in net for the Rams. Greene made 13 saves on the 14 shots he faced and Calabrese made 29 stops on 34 shots. 

The Rams were heavily outshot 48-16 in the loss. 

Framingham spent more than half the game on the penalty kill, spending 37 minutes in the penalty box during the game. 

With the loss, the Rams fall to 2-20-1 on the season and 0-15-1 in the conference.

On Feb. 16, the Rams went on the road to take on the Plymouth State Panthers in a conference game. 

The Panthers struck first midway through the first period to take an early 1-0 lead. Ryan Stevens took a pass from Matt Volonnino and fired the puck into the net. 

The rest of the period was quiet. Neither team could connect on any of their chances, sending the game into the first intermission at 1-0.

Just over a minute into the second period, the Panthers struck again to take a 2-0 lead. This time, it was Peter Laviolette with the goal off an assist from JR Barone. 

Two minutes later, while a man down, Plymouth netted another goal to take a 3-0 lead. The shorthanded goal was scored by Volonnino off an assist from Stevens. 

Framingham finally broke through six minutes into the third period. Michael Gennello scored a power-play goal to make it 3-1 with assists coming from Sheehan and Colstrup.

Midway through the period, the Rams struck again to cut their deficit to just one goal. Hamilton ripped a shot into the back of the net off an assist from Brenden Williams to make it 3-2.  

With just over five minutes remaining in the game, the Panthers answered back to grow their lead to 4-2. 

Two minutes later, Plymouth added another goal to the lead. Grant Dewitt scored off an assist from Drake Longaker to make it 5-2, the eventual final score. 

Greg Harney started in net for the Rams and made 40 saves. 

Framingham was outshot 45-25 in the game. 

The Rams’ special teams unit was a key factor in the loss, going just 1-for-6 on the power play.

With the loss, the Rams drop to 2-21-1 on the season and 0-16-1 in the MASCAC. 

On Feb. 19, the Rams hosted the Salem State Vikings in their final home game of the season. 

Prior to the start of action, Framingham honored its two seniors, Ryan McDonough and Calabrese. 

McDonough played in 88 games, scored 14 goals, and had 16 assists in his career. 

Calabrese played in 48 games and made 1,243 saves in his career.

Just under halfway through the first period, the Vikings struck first. Callum Hofford converted off assists from Derek Scroggins and Brandon Wolfe to make it 1-0.

The Vikings scored again just three minutes into the second period. This time, it was Joe Smith off a feed from Bill Hickey to make it 2-0. 

A minute and a half later, Salem State added another goal to their lead. Matt Yianacopolus fired the puck into the back of the net to make the score 3-0.

While on the power play, Framingham finally broke through seven minutes into the second. Brian Kozek ripped a shot past the Vikings’ goalie with an assist from Hamilton to make it 3-1. 

Just a minute later, the Rams coverted again on another power play. This time, it was McDonough scoring his fifth goal of the season with an assist from Kozek to make it 3-2.

Early in the third period, the Rams scored their third unanswered goal to tie the game 3-3. Colstrup scored unassisted for his fourth goal of the season. 

After a Vikings’ penalty midway through the period, the Rams found themselves on the power play with a chance to take the lead. 

Paul capitalized on the man advantage to give the Rams a 4-3 lead. Calabrese assisted the goal, earning his first career collegiate point in his final game. 

Eight seconds later, the Vikings answered back to tie the game at 4-4. 

With just two minutes left to play, the Rams were called for an interference penalty, giving the Vikings a power play. 

The Vikings capitalized with just over a minute left to play, scoring the game-winning goal. Hofford scored his second goal of the game to help the Vikings earn a 5-4 victory.

With the loss, the Rams finish the season with a final record of 2-22-1. 

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