Bloom sends Nor'easters past Golden Bears in final seconds, 6-5

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BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Ryan Bloom flipped one into the upper right corner with 10.1 seconds remaining to lift the University of New England to a 6-5 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's ice hockey victory over Western New England University on Friday night (Dec. 8) at the Harold Alfond Forum.

Two of Bloom's three career hat-tricks have now come against the Golden Bears, following the similar performance back on January 26 of last season.

Unbeaten in their last five outings (4 wins, 1 tie), the Nor'easters improve to 6-3-2 on the year and 4-3-2 in league action.

After Steve Beck leveled things for WNEU just 22 seconds into the 3rd period (5-5), the teams played more 19 minutes without any scoring before UNE connected with the winning tally. Bloom received an outlet near center ice and dropped it off to Dylan Bengtson, who stepped across the blue line against the left wall and hit Bloom in-stride with a saucer pass over the stick of a defender.

The hosts overcame a 3-1 deficit early in the 2nd with unanswered goals by Bloom, Tyler Seltenreich, and Andrew Slotnick. Connor Graham countered back for the Golden Bears to square the match at 4-all, only to see Dimitris Jones deposit a rebound from scramble in front as time expired in middle frame, giving the Nor'easters a 5-4 edge.

Bloom opened the scoring less than a minute into the evening, prior to Beck's first (short-handed) for Western New England. Stefan Koproske later in the 1st, and David DiSchiavi moments into the 2nd, set the Golden Bears ahead by a couple.

Slotnick and Seltenreich both added assists for the winning side to end with two points -- a number matched by Bengtson, Tucker Ross, and Ryan Burr in the assist category. With 24 saves, Ben Churchfield now owns a 5-1-2 ledger in goal for the Nor'easters.

Kyle Carducci had a busy night between the pipes for WNEU (4-8-1, 1-7-1 CCC), racking up 57 saves.

The teams will meet again in West Springfield, Mass. on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.

No contests today.
No contests today.
No contests today.