SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A power-play goal by Dave Dupuis at the 9:10 mark of the third period would prove to be the game-tying tally as men's ice hockey recorded their second straight ECAC East conference draw with Skidmore College Saturday afternoon.
Dupuis' goal countered an early Beacons score by Cameron Harvey (Bow, N.H.) which at the time gave UMass a 3-2 lead with less than 15 minutes to play in the contest. All three of Skidmore's goals were scored on the power-play, while the Beacons were only able to fire home one power-play tally in Saturday's contest. With the draw, UMass now stands at 2-1-2 overall, 1-1-2 in the ECAC East. The Thoroughbreds currently hold a record of 2-3-2, and are 1-3-2 in the conference.
The Beacons offense which recorded seven goals over the two games, outshot Skidmore 37-21, which included a 15-5 advantage in the second period and a 6-1 advantage in the overtime. The two teams were even in shots in the first (6-6), with the Beacons holding a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.
Breaking the scoreless draw at the 7:26 mark was Dan Cornell (Abington, Mass.) on the power-play. Jeremy Finger (Orlando, Fla.) and Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) were each credited with the assist on the early go-ahead. Thirty-five seconds later UMass jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.) goal, his second of the year, with Finger notching his second assist on the even strength goal.
However Skidmore cut the Beacons lead in half when Anthony Bird scored his first of two power-play goals with just over five minutes left in the first.
In the second Bird tied the game at 2-2 three minutes in on a power-play goal. That score would be the only one of the second period despite the Beacons outshooting Skidmore 15-5. The third period saw Harvey score his first goal of the season at 5:08 with the assists going to Mike Miller (Wrentham, Mass.) and Albee Daley (Averill Park, N.Y.). The helpers were the first for both players.
Looking to pick-up a huge two points in the conference standings, the Beacons tried to limit Skidmore's offense. Unfortunately they were unable to stay out of the penalty box, which allowed the Thoroughbreds to score their third power-play goal of the contest.
Sophomore netminder Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) made 18 saves, while Jack McDonald recorded 34 to earn his second tie of the year. UMass was 1-for-8 on the power-play. Skidmore finished 3-for-9.
Men's Hockey returns to action next Saturday when they face Johnson & Wales University in the first round of the Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Tournament. The Beacons are the reigning tournament champions going into this year's tournament. Start time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.