Feb. 26, 2011
BOSTON, MA - Freshman goaltender Braely Torris (Eckville, ALB) made 60 saves to lead the University of Southern Maine past the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team, 4-1, this evening in the quarterfinals of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference East tournament at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the decision, the Huskies improve to 8-12-5 overall and 6-11-3 in league play while the Beacons end the season at 15-11-0 and 10-10-0.
After a scoreless first period that saw the Beacons outshoot the Huskies, 22-6, Southern Maine got on the board first just 1:56 into the second period on an unassisted goal by sophomore forward David Nies (Brookline, MA), his seventh of the season. Nies was the beneficiary of a scrum in front of the UMass Boston goal and was able to sneak a shot past senior goaltender Thomas Speer (Wausau, WI) to put USM on top, 1-0. The Huskies would make it a 2-0 contest with 2:40 remaining in the middle period on senior forward Zach Joy's (Dover, NH) 11th marker of the season. Joy was assisted by senior forward Jon Rutt and Paul Conter to give the visitors a two goal cushion heading into the final intermission.
In the third period, the Beacons appeared to get on the board with 12:15 remaining when junior forward Jimmy Ennis (Roslindale, MA) sent a backhand shot past Torris that caused the red goal light to come on but play continued. At the next stoppage, the officials and goal judge determined that the puck never broke the plane of the goal and the no-goal call would stand, leaving the Huskies with a comfortable two goal margin. Southern Maine would make it a 3-0 game less than two minutes after the controversy on junior forward Dan Rautenberg's (Cape Elizabeth, ME) seventh tally of the season. Rautenberg converted a backhanded wrist shot just in front of the Beacon's goal with 11:07 left to play in the third period, adding an important insurance goal for the Huskies. The Beacons made it a 3-1 contest on senior forward Eric Tufman's (Abington, PA) 11th goal of the year with 5:40 to play. Tufman was set up by senior forward Matt Atsoff (Macomb, MI) and sophomore blueliner Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, MA) on the only shot that was able to elude Torris on the night. Trailing by two goals, UMass Boston pulled Speer with 1:55 remaining to gain the extra skater advantage but Conter was able to block a shot in the Huskies defensive zone and send the puck the length of the ice into the back of the net for an empty net goal with only 1:26 left in the contest to seal the Southern Maine victory, 4-1.
The 60 saves for Torris was a new career-high and the most saves a Beacon opponent has recorded on the year. He improves to 7-10-5 on the year while Speer finished the night with 19 saves and ends the campaign with an 8-6-0 record.
With his goal, Tufman finishes his UMass Boston career with 113 points to rank tied for ninth all-time with Dave Friday (1982-85). Atsoff's assists gives him 90 career points to finish his UMass Boston tenure in a tie for 17th place all-time with Kris Kranzky (2006-10).
Southern Maine advances to the ECAC East semifinals and will face the winner of the Castleton State vs. New England College match-up at the site of the highest remaining seed next Saturday, March 5, game time TBD.