The University of New England wrapped up its third season in Division-III with a 5-0 loss in the ECAC East quarterfinal to top-ranked Norwich University, Saturday night, at Kreitzberg Arena in Northfield, VT.
Ian Edwards finished the game, giving the Nor’easters an opportunity to compete against Norwich, making 33 saves on 38 shots.
UNE finished the season with 4-19-2 record overall; 2-16-0 in ECAC East.
Travis Janke and Doug Lindensmith scored in the first period for Norwich as they grabbed a 2-0 lead.
Owen Carpino added a goal in the second period, followed by goals by Pier-Olivier Cotnoir and Lindensmith with his second of the game to close out the scoring, ensuring that they will host the ECAC East Tournament, next weekend.
Norwich’s opponent will be Maine’s other ECAC East school, the University of Southern Maine as they held off Babson College, 2-1, at Babson Skating Center for the upset win.
Southern Maine, the No. 6 seed, swept the season series against the No. 3 seeded Beavers, beating them for a third time as Dan Rautenberg scored twice in the second period.
Mike Driscoll gave Babson the lead, 1-0, less than four minutes into the game, and had complete control of the period, outshooting the Huskies, 15-1 in the opening twenty minutes.
Southern Maine rebounded in the second period as Rautenberg scored his ninth goal of the season at the 1:29 mark of the period, which sapped some of the energy out of the Beavers.
With 5:31 to play in the period, Rautenberg gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead, converting on the power play. Jon Grandinetti and Mike Greene were credited with assists on the play.
Braely Torris stood on his head in the first period, stopping 14 of 15 shots, 27 of 28 overall, giving the Huskies an opportunity to get back into the game in the second period. Zeke Testa finished with 16 saves.