MEN'S HOCKEY EDGED AT WILLIAMS, 4-3
Feb. 13, 2009
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Senior forward Matt Draheim (Cota De Caza, CA) netted a pair of goals and added an assist to lead the Williams College men's ice hockey team over visiting University of Massachusetts Boston, 4-3, in a ECAC East/NESCAC contest in Williamstown, MA. The Ephs improve to 13-6-2 overall and 11-3-2 in league play, while the Beacons fall to 7-13-2 and 3-12-1.
The first half of the opening period was played mostly in the Williams' defensive zone, as UMass Boston forechecked fiercely and created several scoring chances. But about midway through, the Ephs began to find their offense, and after drawing a penalty in the neutral zone, senior defenseman Chris Fahey (Milton, MA) blasted a shot on goal from the point that senior forward Matt Draheim (Cota De Caza, CA) backhanded over the glove of UMB goalie Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) for the power play strike. Freshman defenseman Justin Troiani (Woodbridge, ONT) also assisted the goal. Just 2:42 later, Draheim found net again from between the circles after sophomore forward Connor Olvany (Wilmette, IL) fed him from the corner. The veteran fired a top-shelf wrist shot for his seventh of the season.
The Beacons jumped on their opportunities in the middle frame, scoring on two out of their three power play chances. The first score was created by an off-angle shot from freshman forward Andrew Burke (Southampton, PA) that Eph rookie netminder Ryan Purdy (La Jolla, CA) had trouble handling. As he searched behind him for the loose puck, junior forward Kris Kranzky (Glendora, CA) fought through the scrum and knocked it home for his seventh of the year. The tying goal was a top-shelf laser off the stick of freshman defenseman Wayne Sands (Chalfant, PA), who glided into the circle and flung it in for his sixth this season. The UMass Boston rally was capped at 14:08 in the second, when freshman defenseman John Hubbard (Arlington, TX) snapped a very quick and accurate lead pass to sophomore forward Vinnie Jacona (East Stroudsburg, PA), who had an uncontested lane to the net. He finished the play from between the circles for his team-leading eighth goal this season.
Williams wasted little time in turning the game around. At 2:13 of the final twenty minutes, Draheim and sophomore forward Matt Masucci (Winthrop, MA) connected with Fahey, who slid a snapshot under the pads of Donovan for the tying goal, his second this season. After killing off two huge Beacon power plays, the speedy senior forward Brett Haraguchi (Cupertino, CA) found the puck and stick handled swiftly from the Ephs' own blue line into the middle of the UMass Boston zone. When a poke-check thwarted his coast-to-coast attempt, the puck came to the stick of sophomore forawrd Rryan Young (Medford, MA), who registered the game-winning goal at 15:29, his seventh this year. Despite calling a timeout and emptying their net in the final minute, the Beacons were unable to find the net again as Williams held on firmly to their lead to take the game.
Donovan stopped 32 shots for UMass Boston, which owned a 42-36 shot advantage. Purdy earned the victory for the Ephs with 39 stops.
The Beacons will be in action again when they travel to Middlebury, VT on Saturday, February 14 to take on Middlebury College at 4:00 p.m., while Williams hosts Babson tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.