Hobart Shuts Out Southern Maine in NEHC Quarterfinals

Senior F Brett Norman
Senior F Brett Norman

Huskies Finish Season 3-19-4

            GENEVA, N.Y. -- Rookie Ryan Lynch (Milford, Conn.) and sophomore Zach Sternbach (Loudonville, N.Y.) each scored two goals as the second-seeded Hobart College Statesmen shut out the seventh-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies, 8-0, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's quarterfinal round game Saturday evening at The Cooler.

            The win advances the Statesmen to next weekend's semifinal round against third-seeded Babson College.  Babson advanced to the semifinals with a dramatic 3-2, double-overtime win over Skidmore College.  Hobart heads into the semifinal with a nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1) and a 16-5-5 overall record.

            Southern Maine concludes the 2017-18 season with a 3-19-4 overall record.

            Lynch gave the Statesmen the only goal they would need finding the net for the fourth time this season at 6:35 of the opening period.  Junior Matt Pizzo (Thorold, Ontario) doubled the Statesmen's lead at 12:40.

            Hobart turned up the pressure in the second period outshooting USM 19-3 en route to increasing its lead to 5-0.  Sophomore Lawson MacDougall (Williamstown, Ontario) scored a power-play goal at 2:09 to make it 3-0.  Sternbach and rookie Andrew Longo (Morristown, N.J.) scored 23 seconds apart late in the period to blow the game open.

            Lynch and sophomore Will Harrison (Springfield, Va.) scored power-play goals 1:10 apart early in the third period to end any doubts about the outcome.  Sternbach tacked on a short-handed goal midway through the period to account for the final tally.

            Hobart senior goalie Frank Oplinger (Sewickley, Pa.) stopped 11 shots to earn his third shutout of the season, and the sixth of his career.  USM rookie goalie Anthony D'Aloisio (Frisco, Texas) finished with 28 saves.

            The Statesmen converted on 3 of 7 power-play opportunities while killing off all four Husky power plays.