|Wentworth Institute of Technology||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — Sophomore goalie Kenny Graham (Milton, Mass.) stopped 29 shots to backstop the visiting Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards to a 2-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in non-conference men’s ice hockey action Sunday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.
The win snapped a three-game winless stretch (0-2-1) for the Leopards, and improved their overall record to 3-6-1. The Huskies dropped their fourth consecutive game to slide to 1-7-1 overall.
Graham stymied the Huskies for 53 minutes making six stops in the first period and 12 more in the second. After junior Tyler Mathieu(Stillwater Lake, N.S.) got the Huskies on the board at 13:08 of the third period, Graham slammed the door over the final 6:52 to preserve the win. Graham had 11 saves in the third period.
After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the Leopards built a 2-0 lead in the middle period. Senior Jake McDonough (Marshfield, Mass.) tallied the first marker of the game at 7:07 when his bad-angle shot from along the goal line extended struck a USM defender in front of the net and caromed by USM rookie goaltender Anthony D’Aloisio (Frisco, Texas).
Sophomore Nate Chase (Plainfield, Ill.) doubled the Leopards advantage at 9:44 when he stuffed a shot at the right post past D’Aloisio.
Mathieu scored for the second straight game when he tucked home the rebound of a shot from sophomore Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.). Graham stopped Braga’s shot from 25 feet out in the slot, but the rebound dropped to his left where Mathieu was able to slide it into the open side.
Southern Maine went on the power play 31 seconds after the Mathieu goal, but was unable to find an equalizer. The Huskies finished the game going 0 for 6 with the man advantage.
With 1:50 to play in regulation, the Huskies pulled D’Aloisio for the extra attacker, but Graham stood tall in goal. Southern Maine would finish the game with a 30-25 advantage in shots on goal.
The Huskies are back in action on Friday (7:00 p.m.) hosting New England College for a New England Hockey Conference game. The Leopards will entertain Salve Regina University on Friday (7:00 p.m.) for a Commonwealth Coast Conference game.