Feb. 20, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Freshman goaltender Scott Barchard (Reading, MA) stopped a career-high 53 shots to lead the Tufts University men's ice hockey team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 4-2, tonight in an Eastern College Athletic Conference/NESCAC contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 8-14-2 overall and 4-13-1 in league play, while the Jumbos improve to 10-11-2 and 6-10-2.
Senior defenseman Phil Clark (Norfolk, MA) and sophomore forward Dylan Cooper (Colorado Springs, CO) set up sophomore blueliner Andy Davis (Woburn, MA) on the power play for his fourth goal of the season to open the scoring for Tufts. UMass Boston knotted the score at 1-1 with just 45 seconds left in the period when freshman forward Chris Wyman (Bartlett, IL) and sophomore defenseman Gentry Zollars (Bethel Park, PA) found freshman defenseman Wayne Sands (Chalfant, PA) for his team-leading ninth goal of the season to set a single-season school-record for goals by a defenseman.
The Beacons took their only lead of the night when junior forward Kris Kranzky (Glendora, CA) and sophomore forward Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) combined to feed sophomore forward Matt Atsoff (Macomb, MI) at the 11:36 mark of the second period for his eighth goal of the year and give the home team a 2-1 edge, but the Jumbos responded just 56 seconds later when freshman forward Nick Resor (Westwood, MA) connected with sophomore forward Tom Derosa (Charlestown, MA) for his team-high 15th goal of the campaign to tie the score at 2-2.
The contest remained scoreless for the next 21:18 until Tufts' junior forward David Antonelli (Westwood, MA) assisted on sophomore forward Mike Vitale's (Brookfield, IL) fourth goal of the season for the eventual game-winner at 13:50 of the third period. UMass Boston pulled its goaltender with 2:47 left in the contest to gain the extra skater, but Resor was able to come away with the puck and flick a shot into the open net for his 13th tally of the year on a helper from Clark with 2:17 left in the contest to give the visitors a 4-2 lead. The Beacons pulled their goalie again in the final 1:35, but a penalty with 44 seconds forced them to play even again and they were unable to put the puck in the net.
Junior Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) made 23 saves in 58:40 of action for UMass Boston to push his school-record career total to 2,203.
The Beacons will be in action again on Saturday, February 21 when they host Connecticut College in their final regular-season contest at 3:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while the Jumbos travel to Babson Park, MA to play Babson College on February 21 at 4:00 p.m.