Jan. 16, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore forward Tyler Doremus (Aspen, CO) scored with just 1:11 left in overtime to give the Skidmore College men's ice hockey team a 3-2 victory over host University of Massachusetts Boston this afternoon in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East contest at the Clark Athletic Center rink on the campus of UMass Boston. The Thoroughbreds improve to 7-8-0 overall and 6-3-0 in ECAC East play, while the Beacons fall to 6-6-1 and 3-5-1.
Doremus lifted a shot from between the circles over the glove of the UMass Boston goalie and into the back of the net for the game-winner for Skidmore at 3:49 of the overtime period.
Following a scoreless first period that saw just eight shots attempted by both teams combined, senior forward Matt Czerkowicz (Blackstone, MA) broke through for the Thoroughbreds at 17:14 of the second period on an assist from sophomore defenseman Nick Dupuis (Holyoke, MA) and Doremus for a 1-0 edge. The lead was short lived, however as the Beacons netted the equalizer just 22 seconds later when freshman defenseman Chris Wilcox (Hollywood, FL) found classmate Mike DeGrazia (Novi, MI) for his second goal in less than 24 hours and his second of the season at 17:36 to knot the score at 1-1. It looked as if the score would stay that way heading into the final period, but Dupuis was able to stick a rebound shot into the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season with just 2.5 seconds left in the period for Skidmore on an assist from sophomore forward Sasha Thomas (Gatineau, QUE) and freshman forward Brendan Cottam (Belmont, MA) to give the visitors a 2-1 margin.
UMass Boston took advantage of the power play to pull even again when DeGrazia took a shot on net that was denied but the rebound resulted in a shot by junior blueliner Brett Calhoun (Tulsa, OK) that was tipped past the Thoroughbreds' goalie by sophomore forward Jeff Van Siclen (Alamo, CA) for his first tally of the season at 4:01 of the third period. It would prove as the lone score of the period as the teams headed to the extra period.
Sophomore goalie Colin Bessey (Montclair, NJ) stopped 29 shots to earn the victory for Skidmore, while sophomore goaltender Kevin Bendel (Denville, NJ) made 23 saves for the Beacons.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Tuesday, January 19 when it travels to North Dartmouth, MA to take on University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for a 7:30 p.m. start, while the Thoroughbreds host Amherst College on January 22 at 7:00 p.m.