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Yellowjackets Sting Stags, 3-0

Thede Scores Second Career Shutout

— Senior goaltender Chance Thede posted his second career shutout to help lead American International College to its first win of the season, a 3-0 decision over Fairfield University in MAAC Hockey League action at the Olympia Ice Center.

Thede recorded 41 saves as the Yellow Jackets were outshot by Fairfield, 41-25, in the game. Thede’s only other career shutout also came against the Stags nearly two years ago to the day, on October 31, 1998.

Junior Olivier Gagnon netted two goals, including the gamewinner, to lead the AIC offense, while freshman Anthony Rufrano added a goal and an assist.

Gagnon got the Yellow Jackets on the board with a power-play goal with 3:57 remaining in the first period, assisted by Rufrano and freshman Guilluame Caron.

Gagnon closed out the scoring in the game with an empty net tally with 1:08-remaining in regulation.

Rufrano’s goal came at the 12:46-mark of the second period, off assists from junior Mike Liebro and sophomore Andy Luhovy.

Fairfield freshman goalkeeper Bill Whitfield recorded 22 saves in goal to take the loss.

AIC (1-3-0, 1-0-0 MAAC) returns to the ice tomorrow Saturday afternoon, when it travels to Northford, Conn., to face two-time defending MAAC Hockey League regular season champion Quinnipiac University at 5 p.m.

Fairfield (1-2-0, 0-1-0 MAAC) returns to action on Thursday, November 2, when it faces the USA Hockey Development team for an exhibition game in Ann Arbor, Mich., at 7 p.m.

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  • Snoopycol

    Doesn’t Maine have a 2-1 PWR advantage over RPI?

    • Twirl

      Won’t matter, because they can’t pass RPI in the PWR.

      • dual.RPI.&.Maine.fan

        RPI fan here, but my nephew is a Maine grad and we both are Black Bear fans. Glad RPI backdoored into the NCAAs, they had a good season until a big fold at the end. Still, it doesn’t look right to me for RPI as the #25 team in KRACH to make the NCAA while Maine and 8 other arguably (I know many would say no agument) “better” teams sit and watch. The big thing to me is the strength of schedule column in KRACH. The ECAC teams have weak SOS ratings.

        RPI had a good year, but was overrated in polls and PWR all season. Yale is very good, but not #1 in country. Union is good and deserves their rating in PWR and polls. Colgate was easily the best last place team ever and messed up RPI and Union big-time. But Maine and UNH have legitimate gripes about the PWR system. Maybe some adjustment will be made next year or soon after. How would a Big 10 conference impact this whole selection process?

        • Robfoote4

          my mistake, UNH is in, I meant BU being left out

  • http://twitter.com/blackbear93 John Forsyth

    Northeastern was the key. Their loss means Maine is out.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think there was much hope of them getting in anyway. They didn’t get it done when they needed to. If they had beaten Merrimack in their playoff Round, their chances would have been alot better. But they didn’t so they are done.

  • Sioux is a girls name

    Michigan choked

  • Jepiii44

    Maine has a zero chance

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QYOBB7GDZSEQ2WMLQXXNFJYD6E JG

    How could we have gone so wrong with such a great coach?