Fortin, Wolford and Kusior collect first collegiate scores for Fitchburg State in non-conference victory
Auburn, Mass. – The Fitchburg State ice hockey team defeated the AMCATS of Anna Maria College, 5-2 this evening in non-conference action from the Horgan Arena.
Score: Fitchburg State 5, Anna Maria 2
Records: Fitchburg State (2-1-0) | Anna Maria 2-2)
How It Happened
Fitchburg State opened the scoring 4:54 into the first period as freshman Hunter Fortin (Westerville, Ohio) gathered a feed from classmates Gene Bouthiette (Enfield, Conn.) and Wyatt Wilmshurst (Massena, N.Y.), who connected on his first collegiate tally for the 1-0 edge.
The Falcons doubled their advantage roughly one minute later when senior Dean Zerby (Harrisburg, Penn.) deposited a shot inside the near post for his first goal on the season on assists from sophomore Kyle Klatt (Cloquet, Minn.) and junior Brian Glover (Baldwinville, Mass.) to make the score 2-0.
In the second period, the Green and Gold upped its lead (3-0) 2:47 into the middle stanza with newcomer Egan Wolford (San Jose, Calif.) receiving a pass from sophomore Jordin Holmes (Willow Grove, Penn.) and freshman Adam Kusior (Tecumseh, Ont.) and blasted a shot into the back of the net for his first collegiate marker.
Anna Maria cut the deficit to 3-1 late in the frame as freshman Michael Padgeon (Sellersville, Penn.) netted his second goal on the year off assists from sophomores Jack Sitzman (Redoondo Beach, Calif.) and Sam Cyr-Ledoux (Montreal, Que.).
In the final period of play, the AMCATS made it a one goal game 7:31 into the period when Sitzman settled a feed from sophomore Quinn Tucker (Hancock, N.H.) and found the back of net for his first score of the 2019-20 campaign to make the score 3-2.
Fitchburg State answered back, scoring a back-to-back marker in the span of 28 seconds with senior Christopher Vicario (Cranston, R.I.) netting his second goal of the year at the 8:56 mark, before Kusior notched his first career score 28 seconds later, resulting in the 5-2 final.
By the Numbers
- Fortin, Wolford and Kusior net first collegiate goals for Falcons
- Second meeting between the two schools with the Falcons 2-0-0 all-time when taking on the AMCATS
- Fitchburg State finished with a 36-29 margin in shots
- Anna Maria went 1-for-5 with the man advantage
- Junior Brian McGrath (Worcester, Mass.) stopped 27 shots for the Falcons
- Sophomore Brandon Boncore (Oakland, Mich.) made 31 saves for the AMCATS
Falcons will travel to Salem State next Saturday to take on the Vikings for a MASCAC tilt, starting at 2:00 PM. AMCATS will host the Ravens of Franklin Pierce on Tuesday for a non-conference matchup at 5:40 PM.