|University of Southern Maine||Skidmore College|
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Junior goalie Kyle Shapiro (Ocean, N.J.) stopped 42 shots and five different players scored goals as the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies held on to defeat the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds 5-3 in New England Hockey Conference play Friday night at Saratoga City Rink.
The Huskies, playing their first game since December 6, snapped a three-game losing skid, and improved their record to 6-7-0 overall and 3-5-0 in conference play. The Thoroughbreds dropped their third straight game falling to 6-7-1 overall and 5-2-0 in NEHC play.
Shapiro stopped 40 or more shots for the fourth time this season to earn his fifth win the campaign. The third-year netminder turned in a clean sheet in the opening period making 14 saves as the Huskies took a 1-0 lead at 4:36 on sophomore Conor Ferrara’s (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) first goal season.
The Huskies expanded their lead to 4-1 in the middle period. Rookie Brendan Murphy (St. Peters, Mo.) tallied a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 12:55, and just over two minutes later, senior Cole Klippenstein (Franklin, Tenn.) netted his fourth marker of the campaign to make it 3-0.
Freshman Jack Barton (McLean, Va.) got the Thoroughbreds on the board just 11 seconds after Klippenstein’s goal, but sophomore Tyler Mathieu (Stillwater Lake, N.S.) restored the Huskies’ three-goal lead at 19:49 with his fourth goal.
Down three goals with 10 minutes remaining, the Thoroughbreds pulled rookie goalie Brandon Kasel (Ithaca, N.Y.) in an effort to cut into the Huskies’ lead. USM sophomore Parker Sanderson (Bangor, Maine) made the home side pay scoring an unassisted goal at 11:50.
Skidmore continued the strategy of pulling Kasel at every opportunity and eventually scored a pair of goals 57 seconds apart to get back to 5-3 with 2:43 to play. Junior Connor Pelkey(St. Albans, Vt.) found the net for the first time this season at 16:20, and freshman Owen Campbell (Foxboro, Mass.) tallied his fifth goal at 17:17.
Rookie defenseman Brock Padgham (Chilliwack, B.C.) led the Huskies’ offense dishing out three assists. Murphy and Klippenstein each finished with a goal and an assist, and rookie forward Jordan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska), playing in his first game since transferring to USM from the University of Alaska Anchorage, had two assists.
Kasel, who came on at the start of the third period, made eight saves in 12:45 of action. Senior Jack McDonald (King City, Ontario) played the opening two periods stopping 14 shots.