Southern Maine Falls to Skidmore 4-1

Sophomore Michael Taormina had USM's lone goal against Skidmore (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Michael Taormina had USM's lone goal against Skidmore (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Falls to Skidmore 4-1

            GORHAM, Maine -- Rookie Will Steele (Colchester, Vt.) snapped a 1-1 tie with 7:02 to play and the visiting Skidmore College Thoroughbreds went on to add two power-play goals to defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies 4-1 in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's game Friday evening at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win improves the Thoroughbreds record to 11-7-2 overall and 7-4-2 in league play.  The Huskies fall to 3-14-3 overall and 3-10-1 in NEHC games.

            With time winding down in the final period, Steele ripped a shot from the left-wing circle over the shoulder of USM rookie goaltender Peter Ciccarelli (Chelmsford, Mass.) for his fifth goal of the season.

            Just over a minute later, the Huskies were whistled for a minor penalty, and the Thoroughbreds needed just 16 seconds to capitalize.  Freshman Avery Steele (Colchester, Vt.) rifled a low shot past Ciccarelli to give the Thoroughbreds a two-goal margin.

            Sophomore Brandon Borges (Providence, R.I.) tacked on another power-play goal in the final minute for the final tally.

            After a fast-paced scoreless opening period, the Thoroughbreds grabbed a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the middle period.  Freshman Reid Russell (Napance, Ont.) fired a 40-foot shot through a maze of players in front of Ciccarelli to score his third goal of the season.

            Southern Maine got back even less than five minutes later as junior Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.) set up sophomore Michael Taormina (Plymouth, Mass.) for a shot from 30 feet out that beat Skidmore junior goalie Brandon Kasel (Ithaca, N.Y.).

            Skidmore finished the game with a 26-24 advantage in shots on goal.  Kasel made 23 saves to earn his eighth win of the season.  Ciccarelli stopped 22 shots before being lifted for the extra attacker with 2:31 to play.

            Russell finished the night with a goal and two assists for Skidmore.  Steele and Borges each had a goal and an assist.

            Southern Maine is back in action Saturday afternoon (4 p.m.) hosting Hobart College in an NEHC game.  Skidmore travels to New England College on Saturday (4:30 p.m.).