Jan. 15, 2011
RUTLAND, Vt. - Sophomore forward Josh Harris (Torrance, Calif.) scored twice and assisted on the game-winner to lead No. 10 ranked Castleton over UMass-Boston, 5-3, in ECAC East action on Friday night at Spartan Arena.
The Spartans improve to 12-2-0 and 6-2-0 in the conference. The Beacons fall to 9-4-0 (5-3-0).
Castleton struck first late in the first period at the 17:08 mark on the power play as Harris ripped a slapshot from the top of the point beating UMass-Boston goaltender Thomas Speer (Wausau, Wisc.) for a 1-0 lead.
With time winding down in the period, the Beacons tied the game with a power play goal of their own at 19:55 on a scrum in front of the net by David Lun (Grand Rapids, Mich.) off of a rebounded from teammate Andrew Burke (Southampton, PA).
In the second period, Dan Bell put the Spartans ahead 2-1, again with the man advantage, at 3:18. Dru Douglas (Victoria, B.C.) ripped a slapshot from the point and Bell cleaned up the rebound for the tally.
Three minutes later, UMass-Boston tied the score up at 2-2 off a faceoff in Castleton's defensive end. Mike DeGrazia (Novi, Mich.) won the draw and cycled the puck back to Eric Tufman (Abington, Pa.) whose shot was deflected in by teammate Tim Niedzielak (Chicago,Ill.) for the tying goal beating Castleton goaltender Seth McNary (Woburn, Mass.).
Back and forth the action went in the third as Colin Murray (Oshawa, Ont.) pushed the Spartans out to an early 3-2 lead at 1:23. After the puck was chipped in Castleton's offensive zone for forward Cody Ayers (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Murray received a pass from on the left side of the net and the freshman forward snapped a wrist shot by Spear for the advantage.
UMass-Boston wasted no time tying up the contest as Matt Atsoff (Macomb, Mich.) picked up a loose puck in front of the net and slipped it past McNary at 3:20 to even the score at 3-3.
At 13:30, Cameron Granger (London, Ont.) netted the eventual game-winner potting a loose puck in front of the net behind Spear for a 4-3 lead.
Harris added his second goal of the night, an empty netter at 19:50, to make it 5-3.
McNary stopped 31 out of 34 shots he faced while turned away Speer 27 shots.
Castleton returns to action tomorrow, at home, against Babson at 4pm at Spartan Arena while UMass Boston heads to Skidmore for a 4pm contest.
*Release content courtesy of Castleton State Sports Information Dept.