By Matt Ferris
Framingham State hosted the Fitchburg State Falcons on Thursday, Nov. 15 in a MASCAC game.
Six minutes into the action, the Falcons struck first. Sascha Figi scored off assists from Nick DiNicola and Chris Vicario to make it 1-0.
The Rams responded 90 seconds later. Bryan Whelan fired a one-time shot into the back of the net to tie the game at 1. Brendan Williams and Michael Gennello were credited with the assists on the play.
Neither team was able to convert in the second period. Both goalies made timely saves to send the game into the third period tied at 1.
The Rams picked up two early penalties in the third period, but were able to kill both of them to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, the Falcons had a good opportunity to win the game, but a big save from Adam Calabrese kept the game tied.
Neither team was able to break through in overtime, resulting in a 1-1 tie.
Soren Colstrup led the way with eight shots, while Calabrese came up with 34 saves in net for the Rams.
Despite the tie, Framingham dominated in shots, outshooting the Falcons 47-35.
The Rams are now 1-4-1 on the season and 0-2-1 in the conference.
On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Rams traveled to UMass Dartmouth to battle the Corsairs in a conference game.
After an early penalty from Framingham, the Corsairs struck first with a power-play goal. Eric Bolden ripped a shot into the net off assists from Mason Nichols and Blake Harlow to make it 1-0.
Three minutes later, the Corsairs netted another goal to make it 2-0. This time, it was Jimmy Pelton with an assist from Hunter Wilhoite.
The Corsairs added one more goal in the first period to take a 3-0 advantage into the intermission. Jonathan Ruiz took a feed from Steven Leonard and fired a shot on net for his first goal of the season.
Early in the second period, the Corsairs extended their lead to 4-0 as Leonard picked up a goal of his own.
Two minutes later, the Corsairs stretched their lead again. This time, it was Nicholas Short with the goal to make it 5-0.
Later in the period, while on the penalty kill, the Corsairs added another goal to the lead as Connor Court scored, making it 6-0.
The Corsairs added three more scores in the third period to earn a 9-0 victory over the Rams.
Nolan Greene led the Rams in saves with 23. Calabrese also played in net and made 15 saves.
The Rams were heavily outshot 47-11 in the game.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 1-5-1 on the season and 0-3-1 in the MASCAC.
On Nov. 20, the Rams traveled to Franklin Pierce to take on the Ravens in a nonconference game.
Both teams were slow out of the gate and were unable to convert on any scoring chances during the first period.
Early in the second period, the Ravens struck first. Three minutes in, Matthew Toombs converted on a breakaway ripping a shot into the top left corner of the net to make it 1-0.
Two minutes later, the Ravens added another goal to their lead. This time, it was Anthony Nikolopoulos, who gathered a rebound and fired it into the net to make it 2-0.
In the closing minutes of the second period, the Ravens struck again to make it 3-0. Alex Lester received a pass from Danny O’Connell and riffled it into the net.
Early in the third period, Framingham Anally got on the scoreboard. Three minutes in, Erick Walsh took a pass from Williams and sent the puck into the net to cut the Ravens’ lead to 3-1.
Three minutes later, while on the power play, Ryan McDonough fired a shot on net, but it was saved. Brandon Hamner gathered the rebound and poked it into the net to make it 3-2.
Despite two goals in the Anal period, Framingham’s comeback came up just short, as the Ravens earned a 3-2 win.
Greg Harney started in goal for the Rams and made 17 saves.
Framingham won the shot battle 42-20.
With the loss, the Rams drop to 1-6-1 on the season.