Southern Maine Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Hobart 5-2

Freshman F Brendan Dowler (file photo by Jason Johns).
Freshman F Brendan Dowler (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Men Fall to Hobart 5-2

            GORHAM, Maine -- Rookie Pierre-Anthony Martineau (Sherbrooke, Quebec) scored a pair of goals to lead the visiting Hobart College Statesmen to a 5-2 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in New England Hockey Conference men's action Saturday at the USM Ice Arena.

            The Statesmen, unbeaten in their last three games (2-0-1), improved to 14-6-1 overall and 8-5-1 in NEHC play.  The Huskies dropped their third straight game to slide to 3-14-3 overall and 3-11-1 in conference action.

            The visitors from Geneva, N.Y., dominated the opening period outshooting the home side 14-1.  Rookie Zach Tyson (Dublin, Ohio) broke through at 13:29 with his fifth goal of the season on a shot from 15 feet out.  Junior Will Harrison (Springfield, Va.) made it 2-0 at 18:27 firing home a shot from the left-wing circle.

            The teams played to a draw in the second period.  Hobart went up 3-0 on Martineau's first goal of the game at 4:20.  Southern Maine got on the board at 6:51 as rookie Brendan Dowler (New Preston, Conn.) converted a 2-on-1 with junior Ethan Bassile (Scarborough, Maine) into his first collegiate goal.

            Sophomore Ryan Lynch (Milford, Conn.) restored the Statesmen's three-goal cushion a minute later with a nifty backhand shot into the top of the cage.  The Huskies got back within two at 11:35 when senior Parker Sanderson (Bangor, Maine) redirected a pass from classmate Tyler Mathieu (Stillwater Lake, N.S.) into the upper half of the net after a Hobart turnover.

            Martineau had the only marker of the third period when he converted a USM defensive zone turnover into an unassisted goal at 1:37.

            Hobart piled up a 41-12 edge in shots on goal in the game.  USM sophomore goalie Anthony D'Aloisio (Frisco, Texas) stopped 36 shots while his Hobart counterpart, junior Alexander Connal (Simsbury, Conn.), made 10 saves.

            Southern Maine will play its final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday (7 p.m.) hosting Colby College.  Hobart returns home for a big NEHC weekend hosting #14/#15 Babson College on Friday (7 p.m.) and #8/#11 University of Massachusetts Boston on Saturday (4 p.m.).