Wheaton Squeaks Past Coast Guard

Freshman Kurt Caminske
Freshman Kurt Caminske

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Bears held the Lyons scoreless in the third quarter and closed within a goal going into the final period, but could not complete the comeback as Wheaton beat Coast Guard 12-8 in NEWMAC action.

Junior Justin Huemme had two goals and an assist while freshman Matt Huemme had two goals. Juniors Trent Moon, Louis DePaolis, and Robert McKenna, and freshman Alec Groff each added goals of their own.

The Lyons were led by sophomore Will Morrison who had a game high six goals. Morrison leads the NEWMAC with 35 goals. Senior Matthew Hillman had two goals and an assist while sophomore Ryan Gjerset scored a goal and dished out three assists.

The Bears came out strong to start the game as they ran out to an early 2-0 lead. Groff took a pass from senior Pat Dreiss just over two minutes into the game and fired a shot past junior goalie Ryan Clair for Groff's third of the year. DePaolis followed up Groff's goal collecting a loose ball and finished a quick shot for his 11th of the year.

Wheaton came to life after Coast Guard's early 2-0 lead by scoring eight unanswered goals to end the half. Morrison scored five of his game high six goals over this stretch with three in the first quarter. Hillman scored his two goals of the game over this stretch while sophomore Kyle Neale added his only goals of the game giving the Lyons an 8-2 lead going into the second half.

The third quarter belonged to the Bears as they held Wheaton scoreless and went on a 5-0 run making the score 8-7. Justin Huemme would get the ball rolling with 7:41 left in the quarter as he scored his first of two goals in the period. Just forty two seconds later Huemme's brother Matt Huemme scored his first goal of the game making the score 8-4.

Coast Guard took advantage of two Wheaton penalties as two of the final three goals of the quarter for the Bears were with a man advantage. Justin Huemme made it 8-5 with the first man up goal of the stretch and his second of the game. Sophomore Blaise Curtis then found Moon in front of the goal who scored his fifth of the year.

McKenna wrapped up the third quarter rally with the second man up goal of the period as he took a pass from Justin Huemme and ripped a shot for his tenth of the season with 57 seconds left in the quarter.

The defense was strong for Coast Guard as they held the Lyons scoreless for an entire quarter for only the second time this year and held them without a goal for 23:08 starting in the second quarter.

Wheaton stole back the momentum as they scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter pushing their advantage back to four.  Gjerset had a goal and an assist to start the final period. 

Matt Huemme answered with an unassisted goal with 3:41 left in the game but the Lyons would score one more goal and then possessed the ball to run out the clock, escaping with a 12-8 victory.

Senior Nick Chicoine won 13-23 face offs and collected six ground balls. Chicoine is first in the NEWMAC with 81 ground balls on the season and is seventh in the nation with 8.57 ground balls per game.

Freshman Kurt Caminske made nine saves on 21 shot dropping his season record to 1-3. In his four games this season Caminske has a goal against average of 10.11.

Clair made nine saves on 17 shots faced raising his season record to 9-3. Clair is third in the conference with 127 saves in 12 games.

The Bears return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Springfield for a midweek NEWMAC contest. Game time is 7:00.