|Western New England University||University of New England|
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Rookie Ryan Bloom (FY/Northville, Mich.) continued his stellar play, scoring three times to lead the University of New England men’s ice hockey team to a 6-1 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) victory over Western New England University on Thursday night at the Harold Alfond Forum.
Now 5-1-1 in their last seven outings, the Nor’easters improved to 9-6-2 overall and 6-4-2 in conference play. The Golden Bears dropped back to 6-10-2 (3-7-1 CCC).
The two-time reigning CCC Rookie of the Week, Bloom added an assist to his first career three-goal game and has now tallied a point in the last eight games, including an amazing output of 18 points in the squad’s last six outings.
Dylan Bengtson (SO/Coral Springs, Fla.), Tucker Ross (SO/Ashburn, Va.) and Brady Fleurent (SO/Biddeford, Maine) had UNE’s other goals.
Josh Twietmeyer (SR/Weston, Fla.) scored a late third-period goal for the Golden Bears.
Bloom notched the lone marker of the first period (13:24), collecting a loose puck in the lower right portion of the slot and stuffing it home. Trevor Fleurent (SR/Biddeford, Maine) assisted on the play.
UNE would explode for three goals in a span of 4:05 in the latter stages of the middle period to pull away. Bengtson potted a slap shot from the right circle to make it 2-0 at 13:12, with BlaiseHealy (SR/Melrose, Mass.) and Dustin Walsh (SR/Concord, N.H.) getting assists. Bloom would get his second of the evening just 30 seconds later — assisted by the Fleurent brothers — and then cap the Nor’easters‘ outburst with another on a beautiful spinning wrister from the right circle at 17:17 of the frame. Trevor Fleurent had a helper on the goal.
The Nor’easters extended their margin to 5-0 at 5:32 of the third when Ross scored on the power play with a slap shot from the high slot. Bengtson and Healy were credited with assists. They would make it 6-0 at the 14:56 mark as Ross and Bloom set-up Brady Fleurent’s 13th goal of the season.
It appeared as if UNE might record its second shutout of the season, but Twietmeyer got the Golden Bears on the scoreboard with 3:12 remaining. David Kleyman (SO/Brooklyn, N.Y.) won a defensive zone face-off for Western New England and bounced a pass off the right boards that Twietmeyer collected before breaking in and beating UNE goaltender Tate Sproxton (Surrey, British Columbia) with a backhand.
Sproxton played a strong game in goal for the Nor’easters, making 24 saves to up his record to 6-2-1.
Western New England starting goaltender Kevin Gollmer (SO/Flourtown, Pa.) had 25 stops in 54:56 of ice time. Kyle Carducci (FY/Hartford, Conn.) came on to make one save the rest of the way.