Nichols Powers Past Southern Maine 5-1

Junior Cody Braga (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Cody Braga (file photo by Jason Johns).

Nichols Powers By Southern Maine 5-1

            GORHAM, Maine -- The visiting Nichols College Bison scored five unanswered goals, including three during a five-minute power play in the second period, to erase a one-goal deficit and defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies 5-1 in a non-conference men's ice hockey game Tuesday evening at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win was the second straight for the Bison and lifts their overall mark to 8-6-1.  The Huskies drop to 2-10-2 overall.

            The Huskies enjoyed an edge in play during the opening period outshooting the Bison 12-5.  The only goal of the period came at 12:57 as senior Tyler Mathieu (Stillwater Lake, Nova Scotia) roofed a rebound.  Nichols rookie goalie Brett Epp (Edmonton, Alb.) stopped the initial close-range shot from junior Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.), but left the rebound out in front for Mathieu who put it into the top of the goal for his fifth of the season.

            Nichols' comeback bid started at 8:25 of the second period when senior Matthew Menta (Lima, Pa.) beat USM sophomore goalie Anthony D'Aloisio (Frisco, Texas).  On the play, the Huskies were assessed a five-minute major penalty and the Bison took full advantage to score three times.

            Junior Vincent Crivello (Rosemere, Quebec) scored from the left wing circle at 9:08 to break the 1-1 tie.  Rookie Justin Perron (Thetford Mines, Quebec) beat D'Aloisio with a shot from the right-wing circle to the top corner at 9:53.  Rookie Curtis Carlson (Lakewood, N.Y.) buried a shot at the left post at 11:20 to make it 4-1.  Nichols dominated the period outshooting USM 17-2.

            Senior Ben Campbell (Duluth, Minn.) scored the lone goal of the third period at 3:55 while the teams were skating four aside.

            Nichols finished the night with a 31-20 advantage in shots on goal.  Epp made 19 saves to earn his fifth win of the season.  D'Aloisio stopped 26 shots.

            Southern Maine returns to league action this weekend hosting Babson College on Friday (7 p.m.).  Nichols travels to Manhattanville College on Sunday (3:30 p.m.) for a non-conference match.