WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Golden Bears of Western New England University scored three times in the second period to overcome a 1-0 deficit on their way to a 4-2 victory over the University of New England in Commonwealth Coast Conference men’s ice hockey action Saturday (Nov. 5) at the Olympia Ice Center.
The win was the first of the season for the Golden Bears (1-2-0, 1-1-0 CCC), while UNE slipped to 0-1-1 overall and in league play.
After Blaise Healy had given the Nor’easters a 1-0 first-period lead (assisted by Danny Antonoff and Armand Uomoleale), Western New England exploded for three goals in a span of 11:03. Matt Audet tied the game at 6:14 with the Golden Bears on the power play, then Tyler Hines tallied three minutes later to give WNE the lead for good. Steve Beck would add the eventual game-winner at the 17:17 mark and cap the three-goal barrage.
The Nor’easters pulled within a goal (3-2) when Tucker Ross scored his second goal of the season. Samuel Michaud and Brady Fleurent set-up that marker, which came 6:36 into the final frame.
Stefan Kroposke added an insurance goal for the hosts with 12:30 gone in the period.
UNE pulled goaltender Connor Maloney in a favor of an extra skater with 2:20 remaining but was unable to rally and force overtime.
Goaltender Kevin Gollmer had a strong game for Western New England, totaling 40 saves as his team was out-shot by a 42-14 margin.
Maloney had 10 stops for the Nor’easters