Mass. College Hockey: Nicols Tops Assumption In Worcester City Shootout Title

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Worcester State University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the 2013 Worcester City Shootout Title game, which saw Nichols College defeat Assumption College, 5-3:

Auburn, MA — Behind 35 saves by Nichols sophomore goalie and tournament MVP Alex Larson (Madison, AL/Cleveland Lumberjacks), the Bison captured the third annual Worcester City Shootout Crown this evening in a 5-3 victory over Assumption at Horgan Rink.

With the win the Bison improve to 6-1-1 while the Greyhounds fall to 2-6-1 with the setback. The meeting between the two teams marked the first-ever in the title game after Becker and Worcester State traded blows in the previous two seasons.

Larson posted a two-day total of 64 saves, a .941 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average en route to taking home the coveted plaque.

The Bison charged back from a 2-1 deficit in the middle frame by netting a short handed goal followed by a power play marker over a four minute span.

Sophomore Sean Fleming (Easthampton, NJ/Philadelphia Revolution) lit the lamp at 12:23 before classmate Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, IN/Rochester Ice Hawks) slapped one home at 16:18.

Freshman Mike Weaver (Wakefield, MA/Boston Jr. Bruins) netted the eventual contest-clinching goal at 4:40 of the final period.

Assumption received a first period spark from senior Nick Mattiello (Johnston, RI/Bishop Hendricksen) and freshman Ryan Gomez (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) who each assisted on one another’s goals to grab the 2-1 advantage.

Greyhound senior Bobby Bowden (Springfield, MA/Williston-Northampton) collected 30 saves in the setback.

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