Wray Scores Two Goals in Amherst's 5-2 Loss at UNE

Trip Wray '11 scored a pair of goals for the Lord Jeffs.

Courtesy of UNE

BIDDEFORD, ME – The University of New England men's hockey team scored three third-period goals to skate to a 5-2 triumph over Amherst College and pick up its first ECAC East win of the season in an ECAC East/NESCAC crossover game Friday evening at Biddeford Arena.

Senior co-captain Trip Wray (Walpole, MA) scored a pair of goals, but it wasn’t enough for the Lord Jeffs, who drop to 7-6-4 (5-4-3 NESCAC). The Nor'easters (1-11 ECAC East) improve to 3-13 overall.

Tied at 2-2 entering the final frame, UNE first-year Sean Sullivan notched what would be the game-winning goal off a feed from sophomore Tyler Fleurent with just under nine minutes remaining.

Big Blue doubled the margin 1:34 later, when junior Justin Miner poked home a rebound in front to make it 4-2. First-year Zach Lokey added an empty net goal to seal the victory with 1:17 left on the clock.

UNE jumped on the board first at 14:01 of the opening period, as Sullivan found senior Jack Nolin. Sophomore Russ Franey also assisted on the power-play goal.

Amherst answered right back just 26 seconds later, as Wray scored his first of two on the night. The visitors held a 15-8 edge in shots on goal during the period, but the teams went into the first intermission locked at 1-1.

The Nor'easters' power play struck again 2:34 into the middle stanza, when sophomore Paul Kashmanian scored his first goal of the season.

Wray pulled the Lord Jeffs back even seven minutes later, leaving things tied at 2-2 after two periods.

UNE senior netminder Mike Roper posted 37 saves to earn the win. Amherst sophomore goalie Nathan Corey (Anchorage, AK) made 21 saves in just over 51 minutes of action, before giving way to senior Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, Alberta) to wrap things up.

Both teams return to the ice tomorrow afternoon. The Nor'easters entertain Hamilton College at 3 p.m., while the Lord Jeffs swing over to the University of Southern Maine for a 4 p.m. start.