Ice Hockey continues early slump dropping to 0-4

The Ram’s Ice Hockey team traveled to Plymouth State to take on the Panthers for a nonconference game Nov. 14. 

Plymouth started their momentum early, scoring their first goal just three minutes into the first period. 

The Rams responded in the 11th minute when senior Brenden Williams made a slap shot to tie the score 1-1. 

Williams said, “Scoring felt pretty good. It seems I always find the back of the net when playing Plymouth.”

A little over two minutes later, the Panthers received their first power play of the game. PSU’s Leo Stolpe sent his first shot into Rams goalie Greg Harney’s chest, but then capitalized off the rebound to put the Panthers up by one. 

Shortly before the end of the first period, the Panthers’ JR Barone scored off a pass from Victor Bergstrom to extend their lead by two. 

The Rams came into the second period with a new energy. Freshman Jake Conrad made an impressive goal that slid past multiple defenders and the Panthers goalie before finally settling in the left corner of the net. 

In the 15th minute, the Rams were awarded a power play of their own. A two-on-one breakaway allowed junior Ryan Paul to bury one and tie the score for Framingham shortly before the third period. 

About 15 minutes into the third period, Plymouth was given another power play, where they added another goal and took the lead for good. 

“There was a bad call that didn’t go our way, which led to Plymouth scoring on the power play,” said Williams.

In a last-minute attempt to tie the score, the Rams pulled Harney from net, but were ultimately unable to capitalize with the extra man. The Panthers’ Brett Blackman scored on the empty net to secure Plymouth’s 5-3 victory over Framingham. 

Despite the loss, Williams said, “The Plymouth game is the best our team has played in a while.”

The Rams hosted the Worcester State Lancers for a MASCAC match Nov. 16. 

Worcester’s first goal came seven minutes into the first period when Brian Smith scored off a pass from Deier Strange. 

The Rams were awarded an opportunity to tie the game with a power play at the end of the first period. Paul made a strong effort, but his shot just barely went over the crossbar. 

The Lancers were given a power play of their own less than three minutes into the second period. Evan Schieber capitalized on the opportunity and scored to make it 2-0. 

Six minutes later, the Lancers – once again on the power play – set up Nick Penucci to score another Worcester goal, leaving the Rams down by three going into the third. 

The Lancers managed to score twice in the final period, including another power-play goal. 

Though they shut out the Rams 5-0 at home, Worcester only outshot the Rams 35-30. The results of the last two games leave Framingham at 0-4 on the season and 0-3 in the MASCAC. 

“The Worcester game was frustrating,” Williams said. “We were unable to finish our chances, and Worcester did.”

They travel to Salem State to take on the Vikings in another MASCAC game Nov. 23.