Keene State Holds off Southern Maine

GORHAM, Maine -- Keene State scored five consecutive goals during an 11-minute span overlapping the third and fourth quarters to erase a two-goal deficit and went on to hold off the University of Southern Maine, 14-12, in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

The win improved the Owls overall record to 6-1. The Huskies dropped their second straight to slide to 3-5 overall. The game was the conference opener for both sides.

Southern Maine took a 9-7 lead in the third quarter on goals 31 seconds apart by senior Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and sophomore Kaleb Smith (West Gardiner, Maine) before the Owls grabbed the momentum.

Rookie Tyler McKelvie (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) ignited the string of Keene State goals scoring twice to tie the game with 5:34 to go in the third quarter. Senior Ian Hart (Richmond, N.H./Monadnock) put the Owls ahead for good with his second goal of the game with 1:53 remaining in the third.

Seniors J.T. Galloway (Simsbury, Conn.) and Taylor Wicke (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Warde) pushed the Keene State advantage to 12-9 in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter before the Huskies mounted a comeback.

Senior Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine) scored on a great individual effort for USM with 11:07 to play to snap the run of KSC goals. Galloway countered less than two minutes later to restore KSC's three-goal lead. Baker and Hamilton found the net 53 seconds apart inside five minutes to play to pull USM within one, 13-12.

Sophomore Ryan Hart (Richmond, N.H./Monadnock) iced the game for KSC with 47 seconds to play tallying his second goal of the day.

McKelvie led all goal scorers with five markers on the day for the Owls. Galloway had three goals, and Ryan Hart finished with two goals and two assists for four points. Ian Hart added two goals and one assist.

Sophomore Jack Rogers (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) earned the win in goal making five saves in 38:53 of play after coming on in relief of freshman starter Alex Sharp (Winchester, Mass.). Sharp had two saves in the opening 21:07.

For the Huskies, Baker, Hamilton and senior Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) each had three goals. Baker also had two assists. Junior Dylan Kenney (Portland, Maine) scored twice while senior Zach Blauvelt (Lewiston, Maine) won 16 of 27 faceoffs and had 13 ground balls. Senior goalie Ryan Hatch (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) made 14 saves in a losing effort.

Southern Maine is back in action on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.) at Husson University. Keene State will play Tuesday night (7:00 p.m.) at Union College.


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