Maine Hockey Journal

Huskies loses chance against Middlebury

Gorham, ME — Senior Ian Drummond (Del Mar, Calif.) scored with 29 seconds remaining in regulation to give nationally-ranked Middlebury College a 5-4, come-from-behind win over the University of Southern Maine in an ECAC East-NESCAC inter-league game Saturday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.

Unbeaten Middlebury, ranked third in this week’s Division III poll, squandered a one-goal lead heading into the third period and fell behind 4-3 before rallying for a pair of goals in the final three minutes to overcome the upset-minded Huskies. Middlebury won its sixth straight game to improve to 6-0-0 overall and 4-0-0 in league play.
Southern Maine slips to 3-4-0 overall and 2-2-0 in league play with the loss.

Drummond set up the tying goal by sophomore Ken Suchoski (Bear Creek Township,. Pa.) at 17:31, then found himself at the corner of the net to stuff the puck past USM senior goalie Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, Maine) for the game winner with 29 seconds to play. Freshmen Charlie Strauss (Eagle River, Wis.) and Martin Drolet (Lachine, Quebec) picked up the assists on Drummond’s goal.
Southern Maine had rallied from a one-goal deficit at the start of the final period as sophomore Zach Joy (Dover, N.H.) tied the score at 3-3 with his second goal of the game at 1:25 off a feed from senior Kyle Smith (Auburn, Maine). Junior Chris Travis (Scituate, Mass.) put the home team ahead at 14:17 with his goal of the season set up by Joy and sophomore Paul Conter (Woodbridge, Ontario).

The teams traded goals in the first period as Middlebury sophomore Chaz Svoboda (Verdun, Quebec) scored an unassisted goal at 6:00, and Southern Maine junior Pat Noonan (Burlington, Mass.) got the equalizer at 18:43.

Joy’s first goal of the game in the opening minute of the second period put USM up 2-1. Freshman Tom Cantwell (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) tied the score with his first collegiate goal at 11:06, and junior John Sullivan (Delmar, N.Y.) gave Middlebury a 3-2 lead with a power-play marker at 13:58.

Rookie goalie John Yanchek (Hillsborough, N.J.) posted 27 saves in the Middlebury goal. Gilbert stopped 32 of 37 shots for Southern Maine.

Southern Maine will close out the first-semester portion of its schedule next Friday (7:00 p.m.) with an ECAC East contest at Salem State College. Middlebury returns home to play the USA Under-18 team tomorrow afternoon (4:00 p.m.) in an exhibition game.

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