Dec. 9, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Junior defenseman Gentry Zollars (Pittsburgh, PA) took a shot from the top of the left circle that squirted just over the goal line with 1:34 left in overtime to give the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team a 5-4 victory over visiting Babson College tonight in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East contest at the Clark Athletic Center rink on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons improve to 4-2-1 overall and 2-2-1 in ECAC East play, while the Beavers fall to 4-3-1 and 3-2-0.
The game was a rematch of the ECAC East Championship, where Babson came away with a 4-3 win in overtime in Henniker, NH on March 7, 2009.
Junior forward Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) won the faceoff for UMass Boston in the Beavers' zone, where senior forward Kris Kranzky (Glendora, CA) found Zollars for his first goal of the campaign and the first game-winner of his career.
Babson netted a pair of goals in the third period, the second of which was scored by sophomore forward Sean Roche (Franklin, MA) on a feed from senior blueliner Liam Chatterton (Staten Island, NY) at the 13:32 mark of the period to knot the score at 4-4 and send the game into overtime.
The Beacons broke into the scoring column first when Tufman and Kranzky combined to set up junior Matt Atsoff (Macomb, MI) at 8:43 of the opening period for a 1-0 lead. Atsoff struck again in the second period with the same combination at the 5:23 mark for his fifth goal of the campaign and a 2-0 UMass Boston lead, before junior forward Vinnie Jacona (East Stroudsburg, PA) made it 3-0 in the Beacons' favor just 1:17 later with his third goal of the season on a helper from Zollars and sophomore forward Chris Wyman (Bartlett, IL) at 6:40 of the middle period.
Sophomore forward Cody Carlson (Peterborough, NH) put the Beavers on the board with his third goal of the year on an assist from senior forward Chris Wood (Medford, MA) and junior forward Terry Woods (Duxbury, MA) at 11:41 of the second stanza to cut the deficit to 3-1, but UMass Boston responded on the power play with the third tally of the year from Kranzky, courtesy of junior defenseman Brett Calhoun (Tulsa, OK) and Atsoff just 52 seconds later for a 4-1 lead. Freshman forward PT Donato (Arlington, MA) cut the margin in half for Babson on a feed from junior forward Jeff Sullivan (Quincy, MA) with 4:30 to go in the second period.
Donato netted his second goal of the night and fourth of the season on the power play with 8:21 gone in the third period, thanks to a helper from Carlson and senior forward Shane Farrell (West Warwick, RI) to pull the visitors to within 4-3.
Senior goalie Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) earned the victory with 35 saves for the Beacons, while freshman Zeke Testa (Wellesley, MA) was very good in defeat, stopping 23 of 25 shots in the final 36:46 of action after entering his first collegiate contest in the middle of the second period. Sophomore goaltender Andrew Peabody (Marblehead, MA) got the starting nod for the Beavers and turned away 10 of 13 shots in the first 26:40 of the contest.
UMass Boston will be in action again when it hosts the 45th Annual Codfish Bowl, the second oldest college invitational in the country, on Tuesday, December 29. Suffolk University will take on Southern New Hampshire University in the first game at 2:00 p.m., while the Beacons will host Johnson and Wales University at 5:00 p.m. Babson will be in action again on Saturday, January 2 when it travels to Middlebury, VT to take on Middlebury College in the Middlebury Holiday Classic at 4:00 p.m.