NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Paul Orrson's goal with a 1:10 left in regulations proved to be the game winner as MIT topped Coast Guard 8-7 in both teams New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener.
The loss snaps a four game winning streak for the Bears as they drop to 5-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play. The Engineers improve to 7-2 on the season and 1-0 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Justin Huemme led Coast Guard with two goals while classmate Louis DePaolis had two points with a goal and an assist. DePaolis and Huemme lead the team with a combined 31 goals and 37 points and are also 1-2 all time in program history as DePaolis has 41 career goals and Huemme has 35.
Orrson and sophomore Graham Davis each tallied a hat trick for MIT while junior Harris Stolzenberg notched a game high four points with a goal and three assists. Davis currently leads the NEWMAC with 26 goals on the year and Stolzenberg is tied for first in assists with 18.
After Justin Huemme scored the opening goal just 31 seconds into the game, the Engineers scored five unanswered goals taking a 5-1 lead with 6:50 to go in the first half.
The Bears cut into the lead with goals by junior Blaise Curtis and freshman Benner Guertsen making the score 5-3 before the start of the third quarter.
Coast Guard went right back to work in the third period, scoring the only two goals of the quarter and tying the game at five going into the final stanza.
In the fourth quarter MIT managed to take an 8-6 lead after the Engineers took advantage of a quick counter as Stolzenberg found Orrson for his final goal of the game.
Justin Huemme got one back as he took a pass from freshman Anthony Wyler and rifled a shot into the back of the net with 26 seconds left. Freshman Colin Cashin won the ensuing faceoff but after a Coast Guard timeout the Bears were unable to get a shot off as time expired.
Freshman Trey Johnson (4-2), for the third time this season, had double digit saves with 15 on 36 shots faced allowing eight goals. Johnson continues to be one of the top goalies in the NEWMAC as he leads in save percentage (62.4) and goals against average (6.46) and is second in goals against with 38.
Senior Eric Bartell made ten saves and allowed seven goals on 42 shots faced for the Engineers. Bartell leads the conference with seven wins on the year.
Cashin was dominant for the Bear's winning 12-16 faceoffs he took. He is third in the NEWMAC with 80 won faceoffs on the year.
For the sixth time this season and fifth game in a row the Bears caused double digit turnovers. Coast Guard leads the NEWMAC with 95 caused turnovers on the season.
The Bears are back in action on Wednesday April 6th when the host cross-town rival Mitchell for a nonconference matchup. Game time is 7:00 pm.