#12 Hobart Downs Southern Maine 6-1

Junior F Mark Tomaschek scored the Huskies lone goal in their loss at Hobart (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior F Mark Tomaschek scored the Huskies lone goal in their loss at Hobart (file photo by Jason Johns).
Huskies Travel to Skidmore on Saturday

            GENEVA, N.Y. -- Sophomore Travis Schneider (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) scored a pair of goals as the 12th-ranked Hobart College Statesmen defeated the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies 6-1 in New England Hockey Conference men's action Friday evening at The Cooler.

            The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Statemen and lifted their record to 4-2-0 overall and 2-1-0 in NEHC play.  The Huskies had their two-game unbeaten streak (1-0-1) stopped by the loss and slipped to 1-3-1 overall and in the conference.

            Schneider tallied what proved to be the eventual game-winning goal as part of the Statesmen's three-goal first period.  Senior Jonas Toupal (Vcelna, Czech Republic) gave the Statesmen the lead at 5:10 converting a setup from juniors Zach Sternbach (Loudonville, N.Y.) and Lawson MacDougall (Williamstown, Ont.).  Schneider and MacDougall scored within a span of 33 seconds in the late stages of the period to make it 3-0 after 20 minutes.  The Statesmen dominated the opening period outshooting the Huskies 21-4.

            Senior Tanner Shaw (Toronto, Ont.) expanded the Statesmen lead to 4-0 at 15:19 of the second period off an assist from MacDougall.

            Southern Maine got on the board in the final minute of the second period as junior Mark Tomaschek (Toms River, N.J.) scored his second goal of the season after assists from rookie Adam Withers (Kenora, Ont.) and junior Ethan Bassile (Scarborough, Maine).

            The Huskies were presented with a power-play opportunity in the opening minute of the third period, but it was Schneider who lit the lamp for the fifth time this season at 1:07.  Hobart rookie Zach Tyson (Dublin, Ohio) put the icing on the victory turning a Husky defensive zone turnover into an unassisted short-handed goal at 14:29.

            MacDougall and Tyson each had a goal and two assists for the Statemen.  Toupal and Shaw finished with a goal and an assist.

            Freshman goalie Joe Halstrom (Fort Collins, Colo.), making his collegiate debut. earned his first career win making 27 saves.  Junior Paul Léger (Blainville, Quebec) registered 33 stops for the Huskies.

            Southern Maine will travel to Skidmore College tomorrow afternoon (4 p.m.) for another NEHC game.  Hobart will host New England College on Saturday (4 p.m.).