The Rams’ Ice Hockey team hosted the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs at home for their season opener at Loring Arena Nov. 5.
At first, it seemed the Rams would take the lead early when they received a power play in the first few minutes of the game, but the Corsairs took possession of the puck in the last two minutes of their own penalty.
Senior goalkeeper Greg Harney made an impressive save to keep the score at 0-0, but UMD found their opportunity shortly after.
The Corsairs capitalized on their own power play, scoring off a long pass from Nicholas Short.
In the 16th minute, UMD was awarded a penalty shot after a hard check from the Rams’ defense brought their player to the ice.
John Grealish secured the penalty shot, putting the Corsairs up 2-0 by the end of the first period.
The Rams picked up their momentum in the beginning of the second period when freshman Matthew Paiotti scored a shorthanded unassisted goal just 19 seconds in.
Framingham’s defense managed to hold the Corsairs until about halfway through the second period, when they allowed three more goals less than 10 minutes apart, bringing the score to 5-1.
The third period was much of the same, with the Corsairs dominating most of the offensive play.
By the end of the match, UMD managed to put up three more goals to secure their 8-1 win over the Rams.
Junior Soren Colstrup said, “I think the team chemistry is lacking compared to where it needs to be if we want to be successful. It is hard to argue against that based off the results of last night’s game.”
The Rams went 0-for-7 on power plays while the Corsairs managed to go 1-for-5. Overall, UMD outshot Framingham 56-28.
Harney made an impressive 42 saves for the Rams in the first two periods before subbing in junior Nolan Greene for the final.
Colstrup said, “Obviously, it was a frustrating loss. It’s not the way we wanted to start the season off at all. We hung our goalies out to dry the whole night, and we have to be better.
“If I had to take away one positive from last night’s game, it would be the fact that we have 24 games left. It’s early in the season, and we are very motivated to be better on Saturday night,” Colstrup said.
The Rams host the Southern New Hampshire Penmen for a nonconference match Nov. 9.