FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (November 26, 2019) -- The Franklin Pierce University men's ice hockey team took to the road on Tuesday and notched a new program record, as the Ravens extended their unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) with a 4-1, non-conference win at Framingham State. Freshman forward Conor Foley (Nahant, Mass.) scored twice at Loring Arena, including the game-winner, while sophomore goaltender Garret Stenberg (Mendham, N.J.) chalked up the win in his first collegiate start with a 30-save performance.
With the win, the Ravens improve to 5-2-1 and has won four straight, while the Rams fall to 0-7-0 and have now lost 20 in a row dating back to last season. Framingham State's last victory was a 6-5, overtime win at Becker on Jan. 8. It has been more than a calendar year since the Rams last won on home ice: a 4-3 win over Post on Nov. 1, 2018.
The first period was scoreless, but filled with lots of offensive opportunities. The Rams posted a 17-13 edge in shots going into the first intermission and found their best chances on the lone power play of the period. Franklin Pierce would clamp down defensively from there and held Framingham State to 14 shots combined over the final two periods.
Scoring in the second period came early, as the Ravens struck gold 21 seconds into the frame. Senior captain Alex Lester (Methuen, Mass.) carried the puck to the left side of the Rams' goal and crossed it over to senior forward James Morrissey (West Haven, Conn.), who had the entire net to work with to finish off his third goal of the season.
On a 3-on-1 rush, a tic-tac-toe passing play made it a 2-0 game at the 12:02 mark in the second. Leading the rush on the left wing, sophomore forward Anthony Nikolopoulos (Burlington, Mass.) moved the puck across to fellow sophomore forward Ryan Gorbett (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) on the right side. Gorbett held for a beat and put a pass back to the left for the trailing Foley to finish off. It was the latter's second goal of the season.
Just 48 seconds later, at the 12:50 mark of the period, Framingham State junior forward Matthew Siegel was sprung on a breakaway with a pass from fellow junior forward Sören Colstrup. Siegel put the puck between Stenberg's legs and brought the deficit down to one.
Before the period could end, the Ravens regained their two-goal lead, this time on the power play. With 45 seconds remaining in the period, Gorbett scored his second of the season. Gorbett was left alone in front of the net and found by Foley, while senior defenseman Jonathan Busolin (Goose Creek, S.C.) had the secondary assist on the goal.
Foley put the icing on the cake at the 18:40 mark of the third with his second goal of the game to cap his first collegiate multiple-goal game. He cleared the puck out of his own zone and watched as it trickled into the empty net on the other end of the ice to make the final score 4-1.
Stenberg (1-0-0) finished with 30 saves against 31 shots on goal in his first career start to pick up the win in the Franklin Pierce crease. Senior netminder Greg Harney (0-4-0) piled up 42 saves against 45 shots at the other end of the ice, but suffered the loss anyway for Framingham State.
The Ravens are back in action at the Steve Hoar Invitational, hosted by Becker College, on Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1. In Saturday's first round, the Ravens will take on the host Hawks at 2 p.m., at Worcester Ice Center in Worcester, Mass.
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