GORHAM, Maine -- Freshman forward Matt Mendoza (Rockland, Mass.) scored the hat trick and sophomore defenseman Jon Lounsbury (Winthrop, Mass.) established a school record with five assists Tuesday night, as the University of Southern Maine Huskies roared passed the visiting Plymouth State College Panthers 10-3 at the USM Ice Arena.
The Huskies spotted the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 4:00 minutes of the first period on an unassisted goal by junior Mike Jackson (Middleton, Mass.). However, Southern Maine responded with nine consecutive goals to grab a commanding 9-1 advantage early in the third period.
Mendoza scored the equalizer for the Huskies at 7:16 of the first period, while senior forward Brian Aceto (Gorham, Maine) recorded the eventual game-winner at 7:12 of the second period. Mendoza added a pair of goals in a span of 3:05 to complete the hat trick and give the Huskies a 6-1 advantage at 11:21 of the second period.
Also scoring multiple goals for Southern Maine were senior forward Bobby Sloper (Concord, N.H.) and junior forward Jeremy Felt (Killingworth, Conn.), who scored two goals apiece. Felt's second goal, at 6:47 of the third period, was set up by Lounsbury. It marked Lounsbury's fifth assist of the game, eclipsing the former school mark held by 11 players. Also scoring for Southern Maine were freshman forward James LeBlanc (Dorval, Que.), sophomore forward Erik Kent (Newburyport, Mass.) and junior forward Chad Lauze (Gorham, Maine).
PSC closed out the scoring with a pair of third period goals by freshman forward Dennis Kane (Westford, Mass.) and senior forward and newly-named assistant captain Craig Russell (Northfield, Vt.).
In net, sophomore Matt Collaton (Oakville, Ont.) earned the win, and combined with junior J.R. Wappel (Flemington, N.J.) and sophomore Tim Claus (Needham, Mass.) to turn aside 15 of the 18 shots they faced. For Plymouth State, junior Mike Mansson (Wilson, Wy.) was charged with the loss, and combined with freshman Chris Hyson (Colchester, Conn.) and freshman Joe McCabe (Saugus, Mass.) to turn aside 38 of the 48 shots they faced.
Southern Maine, which improved to 1-3 on the year, continues its seven-game homestand this Friday, when it entertains Middlebury. Plymouth State, which slipped to 0-2-1, will travel to Lebanon Valley on Sunday (2:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy Southern Maine Sports Information)