The Rhode Island men’s hockey team had two decisive victories in its series against Lehigh University over the weekend, winning 9-0 and 6-2.
The wins put the Rams at 4-0-0 to start the year and they have outscored their opponents 22-4 on the young season.
Friday night, the Rams dominated both ends of the ice en route to a 9-0 victory. Â URI got their first goal from Brian Schehr with an assist from Dillon Balsamo. Â Billy D’Amore was called for hooking soon after, putting Lehigh on a power play, but the Rams were able to stop Lehigh from capitalizing on it. Â Robbie Buehrer and Matthew Pederson scored later in the period.
“We’ve got a lot of returners so it makes it easy to gel at the beginning of the season,” A.J. Chua said.
Buehrer scored the fourth and fifth goals for the Rams in the second period as the trouncing continued. Mike Pesola added another goal for the Rams, assisted by Brian Gara and Mark Luciano, to bring the lead to 6-0.
Pesola, Buehrer and Chua each scored in the third period to build the advantage to nine goals. The win gave Rhode Island goaltender Andrew Sherman, who is averaging 1.0 goals-against thus far, his second consecutive shutout.
“I think our speed kind of dominated their game so that kind of eliminated a lot of their chances because of our team’s speed,” Rhode Island head coach Joe Augustine said.
Rhode Island looked to get on the board early and often once again in Saturday night’s contest. Chris Porter helped with that task after he scored the first two goals for the Rams with Chua assisting on both.
In the second period, Gara gave Rhode Island their next goal with assists from Luciano and Centauro. Â A tripping penalty on the Rams put Lehigh on the power play but Rhode Island was able to kill the penalty, a feat they accomplished numerous times over the weekend. However, Lehigh was able to net their first goal when a roughing penalty on Matt Armenti gave them the one-man advantage and they converted.
Pesola helped seal the victory with two third-period goals and Buehrer added one of his own for insurance.
Augustine said that Porter is “one of the hardest-working guys” he has ever coached and lauded his success after the second game.
The Rams will be at no. 3 Stony Brook on Friday and Saturday night. The Sea Wolves are coming off of a 5-2 home victory against Syracuse University on Sunday afternoon.
“We’re kind of easing into our schedule so next week will be a big, big test for us at Stony Brook,” Coach Augustine said.