#8/10 Hobart Downs Southern Maine 8-1

Senior Alex Pantalone scored USM's lone goal in a season-opening loss to #8/10 Hobart Friday night (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Alex Pantalone scored USM's lone goal in a season-opening loss to #8/10 Hobart Friday night (file photo by Jason Johns).

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Jordan Haskell (Tooele, Utah) scored two goals as the 8th/10th-ranked Hobart College Statesmen had a successful debut in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) defeating the University of Southern Maine Huskies 8-1 Friday evening at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win was the second straight for the Statesmen lifting their record to 2-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the NEHC.  The game was the season opener for the Huskies.

            Haskell scored twice in the third period to highlight a four-goal outburst by the visitors that put the game away.  The Statesmen used a balanced attack that saw 14 of the 18 skaters dressed earn at least one point.  Rookie Mike Faulkner (Bronx, N.Y.), sophomores Zach Sternbach (Loudonville, N.Y.) and Lawson MacDougall (Williamstown, Ontario), and junior Cam Shaheen (North Andover, Mass.) each had a goal and assist.  Sophomore Will Harrison (Springfield, Va.) also had a multiple-point night with two assists.

            Senior goaltender Frank Oplinger (Sewickley, Penn.) stopped 15 shots to earn his first win of the season.

            Senior Alex Pantalone (Hudson, Mass.) scored USM's lone goal when he tipped home a shot from sophomore Brendan Murphy (St. Peters, Mo.). Sophomore goalie Paul Léger (Blainville, Que.) made 41 saves.

            The Statesmen took a 3-0 lead in the opening period on goals by juniors Matt Pizzo (Thorold, Ontario) and Jack Macnee (Ridgewood, N.J.) before Faulkner tallied an unassisted marker.

            Sternbach redirected a pass from junior Jonas Toupal (Vcelna, Czech Republic) for a power-play marker at 4:44 of the middle frame.  Pantalone matched that marker with his first goal of the season at 5:27.

            In the final period, Hobart blew the game open as Haskell scored at 1:14 and at 12:04.  McDougall and Shaheen added goals in the final three minutes.

            Hobart had a decided edge in shots on goal racking up a 49-16 advantage, including a 21-1 edge in the final 20 minutes.  The Statesmen converted on 3 of 5 power plays while the Huskies did not have a chance with the man advantage.

            Southern Maine returns to the ice tomorrow afternoon (4:00 p.m.) hosting Skidmore College.  Hobart travels to New England College for a Saturday evening game (7:00 p.m.).

 

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