Ice hockey’s playoff hopes dim after back-to-back conference losses

The Rams’ ice hockey team is now 1-12-1 in the MASCAC after consecutive losses this past week. 

Framingham hosted the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs for a conference game Feb. 6. 

The game looked promising for the Rams early in the first, when freshman Matt Paiotti sent one in off a pass from junior Soren Colstrup. 

The lead was short lived, though, as the Corsairs’ Ryan Mascali responded with his first career goal just a short minute later. 

UMD then managed to score two more goals just five minutes apart, leaving the Rams trailing by two heading into the second period. 

Less than five minutes into the second, the Corsairs scored again to increase their lead by three. 

The remainder of the second and the entirety of the third saw a lot of back and forth from both teams, with neither being able to score again by the end of the match. 

UMD outshot the Rams 50-36 and went home with a 4-1 victory over Framingham. 

The Rams traveled to Plymouth State to take on the Panthers for another conference match Feb. 8. 

PSU was awarded an early power play in the first five minutes of the game, where Leo Stolpe capitalized to put the Panthers on the board. 

Plymouth maintained that momentum heading into the second, where they once again managed to score less than five minutes in. 

Less than a minute later, sophomore Trevor Lewandoski snuck one past the goalie to show signs of life for the Rams. 

But the Panthers were quick to respond and extended their lead by two once again by the end of the second period. 

The final period was much of the same, with Plymouth managing to put up one final power play goal before the end of the match. PSU secured their victory over the Rams 4-1. 

Plymouth outshot the Rams 41-24, but Black Carlson still managed an impressive 37 saves for the Rams. 

Framingham is now 2-17-2 overall and 1-12-1 in the MASCAC. They host Fitchburg State for another conference game Feb. 15.

[Editor’s Note: Soren Colstrup is a staff writer for The Gatepost.]

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