GORHAM, Maine -- Senior goalie Brett Kilar (Coto de Caza, Calif.) stopped 16 shots to earn his second shutout of the season as the visiting New England College Pilgrims blanked the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 4-0, in New England Hockey Conference action Friday evening at the USM Ice Arena.
The win was the third straight for the Pilgrims, and improved their record to 6-3-0 overall and 3-2-0 in NEHC play. The Huskies fell to 5-5-0 overall and 2-4-0 in league play.
Kilar and the Pilgrim defense limited the home side to just 16 shots on goal, including only three shots on net in the opening period. Kilar's best stop of the night came in the second period when he got a right leg pad on a tip attempt while the Huskies were on the power play.
After a scoreless first period thanks to USM junior goalie Kyle Shapiro (Ocean, N.J.) who stopped 12 shots, the Pilgrims broke the scoreless tie at 4:30 of the middle period. Rookie Carlos Fornaris (Miami, Fla.) stuffed in a rebound to notch his fourth goal of the season.
A little over four minutes later, rookie William Riies (Charlottenlund, Denmark) scored a power-play goal from in close converting another rebound.
In the final period, sophomore Andreas Zollner (Varnamo, Sweden) scored the Pilgrims' second power-play goal of the night with a blast from the top of the right-wing circle at 10:31. Senior Shawn Watson (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) added an empty-net goal at 16:46 to ice the win.
The Pilgrims finished with a 26-16 edge in shots on goal, and converted on 2 of 3 power-play opportunities. The Huskies were 0 for 2 with the man advantage. Shapiro stopped 22 shots before being lifted with 5:44 to play in favor of the extra attacker.
Southern Maine is back in action Saturday afternoon (4:00 p.m.) hosting Saint Anselm College. New England College will travel to Daniel Webster College for a Saturday game (4:00 p.m.).