The Rams’ ice hockey team hosted the Westfield State Owls for a conference game Jan. 30.
The first period was slow on both ends until the Owls’ Joseph Carbone scored a short-handed goal in the final five minutes.
Less than four minutes into the second, Westfield scored again when Daniel Backstrom shot one into the corner off a pass from F.X. Girard.
Four minutes later, the Owls were awarded a power play, and Backstrom capitalized once more to leave the Rams trailing by three.
The Rams finally got on the board in the last eight minutes of the second, when junior Soren Colstrup snuck one in off a pass from sophomore Trevor Lewandoski.
Within the first 10 minutes of the third, Westfield managed to add two more to the board during their second power play run of the game.
Senior Greg Harney said, “A common theme this season has been these mental lapses where in a very short span of time, we aren’t as engaged in the game. That is ultimately where the game is decided.
“We agree that if we prevent these scenarios from happening, and we capitalize on scoring chances and power play opportunities, we will be fine,” Harney added.
Trailing by four, Framingham showed one final sign of life during the last five minutes of the match.
Freshman Ethan Cervonayco connected off a faceoff pass from sophomore Erick Walsh to cut the Owls lead down to three.
Westfield held their lead for the remainder of play and went home with a 5-2 victory over the Rams.
Freshman Blake Carlson managed to make an impressive 30 saves in net for Framingham.
Harney said, “I’ve never seen the MASCAC more open than it is this year, we are still very much in the playoff picture if we secure some wins in the remaining games of the season.”
The loss brings them to 2-15-2 for the season and 1-10-1 in the MASCAC. They travel to Plymouth state for another conference match Feb. 8.
[Editor’s Note: Soren Colstrup is a staff writer for The Gatepost.]