Southern Maine Downs Mount Ida

PORTLAND, Maine -- Senior Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine) scored a game-high four goals and classmate Ryan Hatch (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) stopped 10 shots as the Southern Maine Huskies defeated the visiting Mount Ida Mustangs 8-5 in a non-conference game Thursday night at Memorial Field.

The win was the second straight for the Huskies improving their overall record to 2-3. The Mustangs slipped to 2-5. The game was moved to Memorial Field as the Huskies' home field was not ready following Tuesday's snowstorm.

Baker scored all his goals in the first half as the Huskies built a 6-3 lead. Senior Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) had a pair of goals in the fourth quarter to give the Huskies some breathing room after the Mustangs closed to within one, 6-5, in the third quarter. Senior Ryan Foley (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and sophomore Kaleb Smith (West Gardiner, Maine) had the other goals for the Huskies.

Senior Nick Yacuzzi (Worcester, Mass./St. John's-Shrewsbury) led the Mount Ida attack scoring three goals. Senior Jake Davis (Chester, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) had a goal and two assists, and junior Zach Rosen (East Greenwich, R.I.) scored the other Mustang goal. Junior goalie Craig Bray (New Canaan, Conn./Vermont Academy) recorded nine saves.

Yacuzzi gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal in three minutes into the game. The lead lasted only 20 seconds as Foley rolled the cage and beat Bray to equalize. Baker scored twice in the first quarter to give USM a 3-1 advantage after 15 minutes.

Rosen cut the deficit to one taking a pass from Davis and beating Hatch. Smith scored a man-up goal for the Huskies at 9:32, and Baker pushed the lead to 5-2 with his third goal at 5:11. Yacuzzi netted his second goal off a feed from behind the4 net by Davis less that minute later. Baker countered after taking a pass from junior Dylan Kenney (Portland, Maine) with 2:20 to play in the half.

Yacuzzi and Davis had the only goals in the third quarter to cut the Huskies lead to one, 6-5, after three quarters. Hatch got some help from the crossbar when Yacuzzi rocketed a shot off the iron with the score 6-4 at the time.

Hamilton gave the Huskies two insurance markers in the final quarter. He made a nifty catch on a feed from senior Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) and beat Bray from the left side to make it 7-5 in the opening seconds of the quarter. Hamilton later iced the game dodging his way through three defenders to score an unassisted goal with 2:23 remaining.

Southern Maine will host Saint Joseph's College in its next game on Saturday (1:00 p.m.). Mount Ida hosts Becker College for a GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) game on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).


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