|Johnson & Wales||University of New England|
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Brady Fleurent (SO/Biddeford, Maine) scored three of the University of New England’s six goals in the third period, as the Nor’easters broke open a close game to take an 8-1 Commonwealth Coast Conference men’s ice hockey win over Johnson & Wales University Thursday evening (Nov. 17) at the Harold Alfond Forum.
The victory evened both the Nor’easters‘ overall and conference records at 2-2-1. The Wildcats slipped to 2-4-0, 1-4-0 in CCC action.
Fleurent finished with four goals to match a UNE single-game record. His brother, Trevor Fleurent (SR/Biddeford, Maine), and Jared Melman ’15 previously shared the mark.
Ryan Bloom (FR/Northville, Mich.) had a pair of goals and two assists for a four-point evening, while Dylan Bengtson (SO/Coral Springs, Fla.) contributed four assists.
Leading 2-1 heading into the third, Fleurent tallied back-to-back goals less than three minutes apart early in the frame to start the Nor’easters‘ onslaught.
From there UNE would score four consecutive power-play goals in a span of 4:02 to win going away. Armand Uolmoleale (SO/Westport, Conn.) made the score 5-1 at 11:41 of the frame beforeFleurent followed a minute later to make it a five-goal game. Bloom and Dustin Walsh (SR/Concord, N.H.) completed the scoring for the Nor’easters, who finished the evening with a commanding 49-23 lead in shots.
Tristan Goodwin (FY/East Haven, Conn.) got the Wildcats off to a quick start, notching JWU’s lone goal just 44 seconds into the contest.
Joe Noonan (SO/Cranston, R.I.) was strong in goal for UNE in just his second collegiate start. He made 22 stops, including one on a penalty shot in the second and two others on Johnson & Wales breakaways.
Joey Ballmer (SR/Kalamazoo, Mich.) played the initial 51:41 in goal, totaling 37 saves for JWU, which plays at Curry College on Saturday.