Southern Maine Blanks Castleton 3-0

Southern Maine Blanks Castleton 3-0

Southern Maine Blanks Castleton 3-0

            GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore goalie Anthony D'Aloisio (Frisco, Texas) stopped 24 shots to earn his second career shutout as the University of Southern Maine blanked the visiting Castleton University Spartans 3-0 in a New England Hockey Conference men's game Saturday at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win snapped an eight-game winless skid (0-7-1) for the Huskies, and improved their record to 2-9-2 overall and 2-6-1 in NEHC play.  The Spartans, winless in their last four games (0-2-2), slipped to 2-8-4 overall and 1-5-2 in conference play.

            D'Aloisio provided the Huskies with steady goaltending throughout the game to keep the Spartans off the board.  The shutout was D'Aloisio's first since he blanked New England College last January.

            All the Huskies scoring came with the man advantage as they converted on three of six opportunities.  At the other end, the Huskies killed off all five Spartan power plays.

            Junior Colin Merrill (Portland, Maine) put the home side on the board at 5:04 of the first period when he took a center zone pass from sophomore Jonathan Bartuccio-Pereira (St. Bruno, Que.) and cruised into the Spartan zone before firing a quick wrist shot from the top of the left-wing circle past CU senior Wyatt Pickrell (Newmarket, Ont.).

            Rookie Michael Green (Baie d'Urfã, Que.) made it 2-0 at 10:22 as he one-timed a pass from sophomore Maverick Lynes (Sherwood Park, Alb.) past Pickrell from the right-wing circle.

            With D'Aloisio protecting the lead, the Huskies finally added an insurance goal at 6:18 of the third period as sophomore Adam Papayoanou (Valencia, Calif.) stuffed the puck home after senior Tyler Mathieu (Stillwater Lake, N.S.) slid the puck under Pickrell and along the goal line.

            Southern Maine had a 36-24 edge in shots on goal in the game.  Pickrell finished with 33 saves.  Papayoanou and Green each finished with a goal and an assist for the Huskies.

            The Huskies are off until January 8 when they host Nichols College in a non-league game.  The Spartans will also have an extended break until they host Saint Michael's College on January 4.