Hockey Edged by Fitchburg State


FITCHBURG, Mass. -   Fitchburg State College won its second straight game behind a pair of Stephen Schofield (Valley Village, CA/Bay State Breakers) tallies as the Falcons outlasted Southern New Hampshire University, 4-3, Saturday night at Fitchburg State's Wallace Civic Center in ECAC Northeast ice hockey action.

Bob Kalousian (Marlboro, MA/Suffolk University) got the scoring started for the Falcons, who improved to 8-6-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the ECAC Northeast. Patrick Dolan (St. Louis, MO/St. Louis Jr. Blues) and Chris Riggs (Seweel, NJ/Ft. Vnacouver Pioneers) assisted on the opening goal just 5:57 into the contest.

FSC doubled the lead on Schofield's first of the night from Kalousian at 9:57 of the opening period.

The game remained 2-0 Fitchburg into the second period where Southern New Hampshire (8-5-1, 5-3-1) got on the board 4:20 into the second on an Ed Montgomery (Colchester, VT/National Sports Academy) goal assisted by Andrew Hildreth (Leominster, MA/New England Huskies) and Evan Williams (Gilford, NH/Holderness School).

The Falcons got the goal back just before the close of the middle stanza on Schofield's second goal set up by John Goffredo (Washingtonville, NY/Boston Harbor Wolves) and Dolan to make it 3-1 heading into the final 20 minutes of play.

The Penmen cut the lead to 3-2 6:13 into the third on Brandon Hammermeister's (Calgary, Alberta/Fernie Ghostriders) tally assisted by John Frey (Westminster, CO/Cushing Academy). However, Fitchburg's Dolan netted what would become the game-winner 11:17 into the period with Schofield adding the helper.

Southern New Hampshire closed out the scoring with 2:22 to play in the game when Hammermeister found the back of the net with assists from Troy Maybury (South Portland, ME/Bridgton Academy) and Frey.

Senior goaltender Devan McConnell (Lake Stevens, WA/St. Louis Jr. Blues) turned away 24 shots to record the victory for the Falcons while SNHU netminder Matt Courchesne (Bow, NH/Exeter Seawolves) made 34 stops in the loss.

SNHU returns to action Wednesday night when it hosts Plymouth State University at The Ice Den.  Faceoff is slated for 7:30.