By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – After playing over 55 minutes of scoreless hockey the Framingham State men’s ice hockey team scored two late third period goals to defeat Westfield State 2-0 in MASCAC play Saturday evening at Loring Arena.
Framingham State improves to 3-3-1 overall and the Rams are 2-2-1 in the MASCAC
Westfield State drops to 3-3-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the MASCAC
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Both team skated to a scoreless, clean sheet 1stperiod with Westfield leading in shots 13-to-11 after one frame.
- Midway through the second the Owls went on a 3-1 rush and Rams goalie Blake Carlson made a diving save on the one-time shot from Brett Williams. Carlson made two more nice stops over the next couple minutes to keep the game scoreless.
- The Rams had the first powerplay of the game with about six minutes to go in the second period. They maintained possession throughout most of the advantage but when the penalty was released the Owls created a 3-2 rush that Carlson was again able to thwart.
- Westfield had another good look with about five minutes to play in the third but Carlson got a piece of it and it deflected off the post and the play was whistled dead after the goal was knocked loose.
- With just over three minutes to play Eli Slagter tucked a wrist shot inside the right post for the 1-0 lead.
- About a minute later Dylan Marty found the back of the net off a setup from Sam Larkin to put the Rams up 2-0 late in regulation.
- The Owls pulled their goalie in the final moments but could not come up with the score.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Junior goalie Valtteri Valtonen made 29 saves in net for the Owls.
- Blake Carlson made 44 stops in goal for the Rams in the shutout win.
- Both sides were 0-for-1 on the powerplay in the fast paced contest.
UP NEXT: The Rams will return to the ice on Tuesday evening when they host Franklin Pierce in non-conference action at Loring Arena. The Owls will travel to Stonehill for non-conference action on Tuesday at 7:30 p.,m.