GORHAM, Maine – Despite holding a 2-0 lead going into the third period, men's hockey was unable to hold off a late rally by the Huskies of the University of Southern Maine (2-4-0, 2-3-0 ECAC East), who scored four goals in the final 20 minutes of play to sneak by the Beacons (2-5-2, 0-5-0 ECAC East) by the final score of 4-3 Friday evening at the USM Ice Arena.
Scoring what would be the deciding goal for the Huskies was junior David Niles with 5:38 left in the final frame. Southern Maine came from behind twice in the third period. Sparking the rally for Southern Maine was Angelo Vrachnas, who netted his second goal of the season at 6:38. Thirty-four seconds later, junior Matt MacDonald tied the score with his first goal of the campaign.
Junior Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) restored the lead to the Beacons at 12:25 tipping home a pass from sophomore Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.). The goal was Florentino's second of the game, and third of the season.
Again the Huskies came back when junior Jon Grandinetti's shot deflected off a UMB player and over the shoulder of freshman goalie Alex Scola (Exeter, N.H.) at 13:48. Nies potted the game winner 34 seconds later when he took a pass from sophomore Mike Greene (Arvada, Colo.), circled the net and beat Scola on the warp-around shot.
The Beacons pressed for a tying score in the final minute pulling Scola for the extra attacker, but the Huskies defense and sophomore goalie Braely Torris stood firm. Torris finished the game with 27 saves, while Scola had 19 stops before heading to the bench with 1:01 to go.
After a scoreless first period, the Beacons took a 2-0 lead in the second period on Florentino's first goal, a power-play marker, at 13:34 and a goal from senior Anthony Fitti (Havertown, Pa. at 18:35. Fitti's goal was his team-leading sixth of the season.
Overall, 30-23 advantage in shots, and were a perfect 1-for-1 on the power-play. Southern Maine ended the night 0-for-2 on the man-up opportunities.
Men's hockey travels to play the University of New England on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Information for this release provided by the University of Southern Maine Sports Information Department