BEACONS FALL TO NORWICH IN OT, 3-2Northfield, VT -Senior forward Jim Koehler (Hooksett, NH) netted the game winning goal 1:04 into the overtime period to lift host 14th-ranked Norwich University to a 3-2 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team in an ECAC East contest Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena on the campus of Norwich University. The victory improves the Cadets record to 8-4-2, 6-2-1 in the ECAC East, while the Beacons fall to 5-7-2, 2-6-1 in ECAC East.
Norwich got off to a fast start, scoring on a power play goal at 1:43 of the first period. The Cadets were working on a two-man advantage when Eric Tallent fired a shot that was saved. The rebound caromed right to Nikita Kashirsky (Moscow, Russia), who buried the puck into the gaping net for his sixth goal of the year. Tyler Stitt and Tallent were each credited with an assist on the play. Senior forward Rico Piatelli (Danvers, MA) made it 2-0 when he netted his fifth goal of the year at the 13:01 mark.
UMass-Boston rallied to tie the score at 2-2 by tallying two goals in the final 1:27 of the first period. Freshman forward Anthony Fitti (Havertown, PA) got the Beacons on the board when he took a pass from sophomore forward David Lun (Grand Rapids, MI) and beat Norwich goaltender David Thompson to score his second goal of the year at the 18:33 mark. Lun had the puck behind the net, and found Fitti, who was camped out near the crease. UMass-Boston tallied the tying goal with just 11 seconds left in the opening stanza when freshman forward Jeff Van Siclen (Alamo, CA) scored his second goal of the season off assists from freshmen forwards Chris Wyman (Bartlett, IL) and Kyle Tejchma (Fruitport, MI.
Both teams were held scoreless in the second and third period. UMass Boston was able to kill all three power plays the Cadets went on during that stretch and freshman goalie Kevin Bendel (Denville, NJ) turned away all 18 shots he faced in the two periods.
Koehler's goal 1:04 into the overtime session was only his second of the season but was enough to lift the Cadets to their third straight victory. All three Cadet goals on the afternoon were scored by seniors.
For Norwich, junior goaltender Ryan Klingensmith (Morton, PA) entered the game after the first period reliving junior goalie David Thompson (Alberta, Canada) to make 18 saves and earn his eighth victory of the season. For UMass Boston, Bendel turned away 24 shots in his collegiate debut as the Beacons owned a 28-27 shot edge on the day.
The Beacons will be back in action on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 when they host UMass Dartmouth at the Clark Athletic Center for a 7:00 PM contest. The Cadets hit the ice next Friday, January 23, 2009 when they travel to Hartford, CT to face Trinity College for a 7:30 PM game.