Feb. 6, 2010
Henniker, NH - New England College men's ice hockey forward Johan Granath (Stockholm, Sweden) netted the game-winner 37 seconds into overtime, lifting the Pilgrims past visiting University of Massachusetts Boston, 4-3, in men's ice hockey action Saturday afternoon. With the win the Pilgrims improve to 9-10-2 overall and 5-8-2 in ECAC East play. The loss drops the Beacons to 9-10-1 on the season and 5-9-1 in the conference.
The Pilgrims started the scoring midway through the opening period as Jonathan Boxill (Bracknell, England) put in a pass from Mark Ehl (North Vancouver, BC) at the 10:24 mark.
The Pilgrims extended their lead to 3-0 in the opening six minutes of the second period. NEC's Niko Uola (Turku, Finland) struck at the 2:43 mark, netting his first goal of the season assisted by Jon Globke (West Bloomfield, MI) and Filip Bjork (Stockholm, Sweden). NEC's Mark Ehl followed with a goal assisted by Emil Alengard (Likoping, Sweden) and Boxill just four minutes later.
UMass Boston got on the board late in the second period when sophomore forward Chris Wyman (Bartlett, IL) chipped in a pass from sophomore forward Jimmy Ennis (Roslindale, MA) with just over five minutes remaining.
The Beacons cut the Pilgrim lead to 3-2 early in the third as sophomore forward Andrew Burke (Southampton, PA) netted a goal on a delayed penalty. UMass Boston knotted the game at 3-3 as senior forward Anthony Cosmano (Wheaton, IL) fired in a shot from the blue line at the 6:49 mark.
The teams battled through the remainder of regulation scoreless. NEC's Johan Granath came up huge in the extra stanza, scoring the lone power-play goal of the game just 37 seconds into overtime lifting the Pilgrims past the Beacons 4-3.
The Pilgrims finished the game out shooting the Beacons 35-23
Picking up the win in goal for NEC was Connor Sampson (Whitby, ONT) who finished with 20 saves. In goal for UMass Boston was sophomore Kevin Bendel (Denville, NJ) who stopped 31 Pilgrim shots.
NEC returns to the ice on Friday, February 12 when it travels to take on NESCAC opponent Amherst College. UMass Boston will face off against visiting NESCAC opponent Middlebury College on Friday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.
Material used in this report courtesy of New England College Sports Information