Léger, Southern Maine Shut Out Suffolk 2-0
GORHAM Maine -- Junior goaltender Paul Léger (Blainville, Quebec) stopped 20 shots to earn his second career shutout as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the visiting Suffolk University Rams 2-0 in New England Hockey Conference men's action Saturday at the USM Ice Arena.
The win was the first of the season for the Huskies who earned three out of a possible four points on the weekend. The Huskies improved to 1-2-1 overall and in conference play. The Rams dipped to 2-3-0 overall and 0-2-0 in NEHC play.
Léger came up with a couple of big saves on Suffolk senior Mikhail Bryan (Dayton, Ohio) among his eight stops in the third period to preserve the Huskies' 2-0 advantage. Léger's previous shutout came during his rookie season (2016-17) when he blanked Salem State University 4-0 in his second career start.
Sophomore Adam Papayoanou (Valencia, Calif.) gave the Huskies the only goal they would need at 13:44 of the first period while the teams were skating four aside. Junior Mark Tomaschek (Toms River, N.J.) did the heavy work bumping a Suffolk player off the puck and hitting Papayoanou with a pass in the slot area. The second-year forward beat Suffolk senior goalie Michael Levine (Clarendon Hill, Ill.) with a low shot inside the left post.
Just seconds after the Huskies got their player out of the penalty box to go on the power play, junior Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.) made it 2-0 slipping around a defender and depositing a nifty backhander into the top of the net at 14:26. Senior Tyler Mathieu (Stillwater Lake, N.S.) picked up the lone assist on the play.
Southern Maine finished the game with a 25-20 edge in shots on goal. Levine would make 23 saves before being lifted with 1:18 to play for the extra skater.
The Huskies will travel to upstate New York next weekend to play NEHC games at Hobart College on Friday (7 p.m.) and Skidmore College on Saturday (4 p.m.). Suffolk will be at home next weekend hosting Babson College on Friday (7 p.m.) and the University of Massachusetts Boston on Saturday (7 p.m.).