Assumption Hands Nichols 5-1 Setback
HARRISVILLE, R.I. (Nov. 11) – Assumption junior Keven Meehan (Melrose, Mass.) netted the eventual game-winner and aided the first goal of the game as the Ice Dogs downed host Nichols 5-1 in a non-conference men's ice hockey matchup on Friday night at Levy Rink. With the win, Assumption improves to 2-3-0 while the Bison slip to 0-1-1 on the season.
Meehan and sophomore Nick Mattiello (Johnston, R.I.) found freshman Joe Arcieri (Newmarket, N.H.) who avoided traffic to place the puck in the top left corner of the net for the 1-0 Ice Dog lead at 9:51 in the first period.
Nichols senior Andrew Letellier (Saco, Maine) evened things out quickly in the second frame. The forward carried the puck around the circle and flicked a wrist shot to the upper left corner at 1:13 for a power play goal. The visitors later pulled ahead once more on a power play of their own as Meehan found success at 5:03. Sophomore Mike Janson (Ridgewood, N.J.) took control following a faceoff and sent the pass to senior Kevin Glanzman (Massapequa, N.Y.) who fed Meehan.
Just over two minutes after Meehan's marker, Mattiello bested the Nichols netminder as he took aim from the top of the right circle following a pass from rookie Brennen Shaw (Presque Isle, Maine).
In the third stanza Assumption added a pair of shorthanded goals. Sophomore Ross White (Uxbridge, Mass.) picked up an unassisted goal as he intercepted a pass and netted his own rebound past a diving goalie at 8:34. The final marker of the contest came with five minutes remaining. Arcieri dished the puck to senior Pat O'Kane (Hollis, N.H.) on another breakaway for the 5-1 final score.
Sophomore Bobby Bowden (Springfield, Mass.) moves to 2-1-0 on the year as he stopped 37 shots as the Ice Dogs capitalzed on one of its eight power plays and took 27 shots.
Senior Jacob Rinn (Warwick, R.I.) dips to 0-1-1 on a 22-save night. The Bison had six power play chances and scored on one as the team took a game-high 38 shots.
Nichols is back in action Saturday night when Stonehill is in town for a 7:40 p.m. contest. Assumption is off until Wednesday when the Ice Dogs host Franklin Pierce at 6:35 p.m.