By Matt Ferris
On Thursday, Nov. 8, the Rams hosted the Worcester State Lancers in a MASCAC game.
Framingham jumped out to an early lead just four minutes into play. Soren Colstrup received a pass from Brian Kozek in front of the net and redirected it into the goal to make it 1-0.
Later in the first period, the Lancers answered back to knot the score at 1. Just over 10 minutes into the period, Ryan James corralled a rebound and fired it into the net to level the score.
No more goals were scored in the first period thanks to stellar defensive play from both sides, sending the game into the first intermission tied at 1.
After a scoreless first 10 minutes in the second period, Framingham finally regained the lead. Michael Gennello redirected a shot that found the back of the net to make it 2-1. Brandon Hamner and Trevor Lewandoski were credited with assists on the play.
Midway through the third period, the Lancers responded on the power play with a goal of their own. Matthew Manning ripped a shot into the net off assists from Mitch Purdie and Mike Moran to tie the game at 2.
In the closing minutes of the third period, the Rams had a good chance to take the lead, but Kozek’s shot was saved by the Lancers’ goalie to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, the teams went back and forth with scoring chances, but neither team was able to convert as both goalies came up with timely saves.
But with just under 40 seconds remaining in the period, the Lancers finally broke through. Moran beat Rams’ goalie Greg Harney with an unassisted goal to seal the 3-2 victory for Worcester.
Framingham was outshot by the Lancers 45-37 in the game and were 0-for-6 on their power play chances.
Harney made 42 saves in net for the Rams and Colstrup led the Rams offensively with nine shots.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 1-2 on the season.
The Rams traveled to Westfield State to take on the Owls in a conference game on Saturday, Nov. 10.
Framingham came out of the gate slow, committing six penalties in the first period of play.
After going 0-for-5 on the first five power play opportunities, the Owls finally broke through on their sixth power play chance.
With just under two minutes remaining in the period, Jake Ratcliffe ripped a shot from the slot to make it 1-0.
Midway through the second period, the Owls added to their lead on another power play. Danny Ferri Kred a shot into the top corner of the net to make it 2-0.
The Owls added an insurance goal just over eight minutes into the third period to go up 3-0. Ratcliffe fired a shot on net that was stopped, but he collected his own rebound and put the puck into the net for his second goal of the day.
The rest of the third period was scoreless, allowing the Owls to earn a 3-0 victory.
Westfield outshot Framingham 39-24 in the win.
The Rams went 0-for-3 on the power play but committed seven penalties of their own on the day.
Adam Calabrese started in goal for the Rams and made 36 saves.
With the loss, the Rams drop to 1-3 on the season.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Assumption College traveled to Framingham to take on the Rams at Loring Arena in a nonconference game.
A quick penalty gave the Greyhounds an early power play. Devan Sheth capitalized on the man advantage, redirecting a shot from Dante Tomassini into the net to give Assumption the 1-0 lead.
With under a minute remaining in the period, the Greyhounds struck again to stretch their lead to 2-0. This time, it was Robert Roche with an assist from Brendan Philippon.
Early in the second period, the Greyhounds added to their lead. Matt Damelio took a pass from Sheth and fired it into the net to make it 3-0.
Midway through the period, while on the power play, Assumption struck again. Philippon hammered a one-timer into the net with assists coming from Roche and Robert Holyoke to make it 4-0.
In the last minute of the second period, the Rams finally broke through on a power play of their own. Ryan McDonough scored his first goal of the season with assists from Jack Sheehan and Mason Ledbetter to make it 4-1.
Midway through the third period, the Greyhounds added the game’s final goal to make it 5-1. Dante Maribito scored on the power play with assists from Philippon and Tomassini to seal the victory for Assumption.
In the loss, the Rams were outshot 43-26 by the Greyhounds.
Harney played in net for Framingham and made 38 saves.
Framingham was unable to capitalize on their man advantages as they went just 1-for-9 on their power plays.
The Rams have now lost four straight games and are 1-4 on the season.