BY ANDREW KNIGHTON // NOV. 13, 2015 //
The Curry men’s ice hockey team blew a 2-0 lead against Becker on Thursday night at the Max Ulin Rink, and remains winless on the season.
Five minutes into the first period, the Colonels took advantage of a tripping penalty from Hawks senior David Kann, as senior Shane Harrington beat goaltender Tyler Stepke with a slap shot just past the blue line, 24 seconds into the power play.
The Colonels have been struggling on the power play, with Harrington’s goal representing the first successful power play already five games into the season. Junior Jake Heisinger and freshman Lionel Mauron recorded assists.
The Colonels capitalized again against the shorthanded Hawks on their second power play of the night with seven minutes to go in the first period. Freshman Mack Heisinger won a face-off and sent the puck back to senior Brian White, who saw Becker’s goaltender was out of position and slotted the puck to the right side of the goal. Sophomore Adam Valadao one-timed the puck into the net giving the Colonels a 2-0 lead.
White and Heisinger were given assists. “We capitalized on our early power play opportunities,” White said. “We have struggled with power play execution this season so it was a step in the right direction.”
In the final minute of the first period, the Hawks picked off a poor clearance by the Colonel’s defense and Bryan Parsons sent the puck over the shoulder of Curry’s junior goaltender Brett Sinclair. Kann and Corey Sherman were credited with assists.
In the second period the Hawks intercepted a pass, and were in on goal with a 2-1 advantage. Sherman gave the puck up to Nikolas Nasby who tied the score. Curry had thirteen shots in the period but could not finish.
In the final period, Becker read another misplaced pass out of the defensive zone from Curry. Playing shorthanded and one minute into Curry’s power play, Connor Merrick had a one-on-one opportunity with Sinclair, and was able to beat him and seal the win for Becker.
The Colonels outplayed the Hawks in the final period out-shooting their opponent 25-12 but again could not score. “It’s a tough pill to swallow, when you know you outplayed the other team,” Valadao said. “We played well tonight and we will go into the practice tomorrow and try to fix the defensive mistakes we made.”
Face-offs Like Bergeron: Curry dominated the face-offs Thursday night with a 50-29 advantage.
Missed Chances… Or Stolen?: Hawk’s goaltender Tyler Stepke had a game high 49 saves on the night.
Next Up: Curry plays at Suffolk University on Saturday night at 7 pm while Becker takes on Salve Regina at home on Sunday at 7:30 pm.