Ice Hounds Hockey's season ends with loss in NE-10 Seminfinal
The Assumption Men’s Ice Hockey team saw their season come to an end following the semifinals of the Northeast-10 tournament on Saturday, February 21. The Hounds lost 4-1 to St. Michael’s.
The Hounds came out with early intensity, led by first years Brian Farrell and Cam Laughlin who fired quick back-to-back shots. Assumption’s offense continued pressing when junior Alex Erban got loose on a breakaway opportunity but fired wide.
Despite the early pressure, it was St. Michael’s who struck first at 6:41 with a shot from the right circle by Eric Salzillo. St. Michael’s managed to score again off a rebound with just seconds remaining in the first period.
The Hounds responded with a goal of their own in the second period, cutting the score in half. The goal came at 17:41, scored by first year Brian Farrell and set up by classmates Cam Laughlin and Tommy Mahoney.
Unfortunately, the Purple Knights of St. Michael’s added another goal to their tally just 1:57 into the third period. Assumption senior Ben Kuzma almost brought the Hounds back to within one with a rocket shot that barely missed the crossbar with 8:16 remaining. The ensuing play netted the Hounds a power play, but they were unable to capitalize and St. Michael’s closed the contest with their first short-handed goal of the season.
The Hounds were ultimately outshot 47-19 and could not capitalize on power play opportunities. Still, junior goaltender Chris Hemhauser displayed a solid performance with 43 saves in his 58:14 in net.
The loss to St. Michael’s marks the final game of the season for the Hounds. They end the 2014-2015 season with an overall record of 8-16.