Feb. 14, 2009

Box Score

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Sophomore forward Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) snapped a shot home just 44 seconds into overtime to lift the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team to its second win in as many years over Middlebury College, this time by a score of 3-2. The Panthers, who are ranked fifth in the nation by USCHO.com, fall to (16-5-1 overall and 13-3-1 in NESCAC play, while the Beacons move to 8-13-2, 4-12-1 in ECAC East play. With the loss, Middlebury moves into second place in the NESCAC, two points behind Amherst, who they'll visit this Friday. The Panthers out shot the Beacons, 39-18 on the night.

Tufman's game-deciding tally was assisted by junior forward Kris Kranzky (Glendora, CA) and sophomore forward Matt Atsoff (Macomb, MI).

Freshman forward Charlie Strauss (Eagle River, WI) hit the crossbar for Middlebury 4:45 into the first period before senior forward Mason Graddock (Stowe, VT) snapped in a wrister from the right side at 6:59 for a 1-0 lead. Senior goalie Doug Raeder (Needham, MA) kept the lead in tact at the eight-minute mark as he denied a golden opportunity by Tufman. The Beacons tied the game at 9:12 of the opening period with some nice stick-work driving to the goal by freshman defenseman Wayne Sands (Chalfant, PA), before he scored from just outside the crease on an assist from sophomore forward David Lun (Grand Rapids, MI) and sophomore blueliner Gentry Zollars (Bethel Park, PA). Graddock struck again at 14:44 as he gathered his own rebound and scored on the power play from the right side to make it a 2-1 Middlebury lead with 5:16 to go in the first period.

Middlebury had a great chance to take a 3-1 lead four minutes into the second period, but UMB sophomore defenseman Brett Calhoun (Tulsa, OK) saved a shot on an open net by freshman forward Martin Drolet (Lachine, QUE). The Panther defense was strong in the period, not allowing a shot until the 14:08 mark as they held an 11-3 shots advantage in the period. Junior goaltender Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) stopped all 11 shots he saw in the period for the Beacons and in the process stopped the 2,164th shot of his career to become the school's all-time leader in career saves.

UMass Boston tied the game in the third period with a five-on-three power play. Sands netted his second of the day and team-high eighth of the season off a feed from Tufman, as his shot deflected in off the skate of a Middlebury defender.

The Panthers went on a power play with 2:28 left in the game, but could not score the game-winner as the contest headed into overtime.

Raeder ended the night with 15 saves for Middlebury, while Donovan came up big for the Beacons making 37 stops on the night to give him 2,180 for his career. He also picked up his 22nd career victory to tie him with John Haley (1986-89) for second on the UMass Boston career win list.