MILTON, Mass. --- The Curry College men's ice hockey team fell to visiting #6/9 Nationally-Ranked the University of New England, 6-4, on Saturday night at the Max Ulin Rink in Milton. The loss drops the Colonels to 15-7-1 overall and 9-6-1 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference while the win improves the Nor'easters to 17-4-2 on the season and 10-7-2 against conference opponents.
UNE was first to get on the board at the 7:50 minute mark. The Nor'easters tallied their goal with 15 seconds left on their power-play. Sophomore Adam Canepa (Santa Cruz, Calif.) took a slap shot that sailed over the shoulder of Curry's freshman netminder Frank Cundiff (Oceanside, N.Y.). Canepa was assisted by classmate Ryan Burr (Toms River, N.J.) and freshman Brett Mecrones (Medford, Mass.). The Colonels tied the match at 14:20 on the own man-up situation. The Nor'easters had just six seconds left on their two minute penalty before Curry was able to capitalize. Senior Jarret Kup (Rosseau, Ontario) got a tip on the puck that snuck past UNE's netminder sophomore Tate Sproxton (Surrey, British Columbia). Freshman Mike Snow (Medford, Mass.) and junior Lionel Mauron (Lausanne, Switzerland) earned the helpers. The Nor'easters gained the lead back before the buzzer to head into intermission up, 2-1. Junior Brady Fleurent (Biddeford, Maine) one-timed a pass into the back of the net with assists from junior Andrew Slotnick (Canterbury, Conn.) and freshman Alden Weller (Falmouth, Maine). Shots after the first were 12-9 in favor of the hosts.
Four total goals were scored in the second frame, two from each team. UNE took a 3-1 advantage when they netted one at 6:57. Freshman Tyler Seltenreich (Littleton, Colo.) scooped up a loose puck in front of the cage and buried it. Weller and freshman Chris Jones (Seattle, Wash.) had the assists. Curry answered back a minute later followed by their second tying tally of the night. The Colonels second goal of the night came off the stick of junior Mack Heisinger (Winnipeg, Manitoba) with help from Jordan Williamson (Okotoks, Alberta). Snow had the equalizer after receiving a pass from junior Zachary White (Milford, Conn.). The score remained 3-3 until 1:52 left of period when the Nor'easters took back the lead. Fleurent earned his second tally of the night with an assist from sophomore Ryan Bloom (Northville, Mich.). Curry had the advantage in shots at 12-8.
The Colonels evened the score once again to start the third however the Nor'easters buried two more late in the period for the win. Curry's Mauron fired the puck past the glove Sproxton with White and Snow each earning their second assists. The game-winner was netted by the Nor'easters freshman Jeff Eppright (Barrington, N.J.) after he maneuvered the puck past the pads of Cundiff. Senior Ian Rodden (Berwick, Maine) and C. Jones were credited with assists. The final goal was an empty netter by Burr when he received the puck from Fleurent at the blueline.
The Colonels outshot the Nor'easters, 35-24. Curry was 1-5 on the PP while UNE was 1-3.
Cundiff recorded 18 saves in net taking the loss. Sproxton made an impressive 31 stops in net in the win.
Curry is next in action when they host CCC opponent Wentworth on February, 9 at 6:50 p.m. in their senior night game. UNE also plays in a CCC contest on February 9 when they host Endicott for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop.