Maine Hockey Journal

Gordon scores a pair as Southern Maine edges UMass-Boston in OT

Boston, Mass. — Senior Dan Gordon (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored his second goal of the game 25 seconds into overtime to give the University of Southern Maine a 5-4 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men’s East game Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Complex.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Huskies and improves their record to 8-9-0 overall and 5-6-0 in the league.

The Beacons dropped their second straight overtime decision to slip to 6-9-2 overall and 2-8-1 in league play.

Gordon scored the game winner when he tipped a shot from freshman Dan Rautenberg (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) past UMB junior goalie Ryan Donovan (Wexford, N.Y.).

The goal was Gordon’s 11th of the season.

The teams combined for four goals in a span of 3:41 in the first period to provide some early fireworks. The Beacons grabbed a 1-0 lead at 4:56 as rookie Jim Ennis (Roslindale, Mass.) found the net off an assist from freshman Anthony
Fitti (Havertown, Penn.).

USM struck twice for goals by Rautenberg and senior Kyle Smith (Auburn, Maine) to assume a 2-1 advantage. Sophomore Paul Conter (Woodbridge, Ontario) picked up an assist on both goals while Gordon was credited with a helper on
Rautenberg’s score.

UMB drew even at 8:37 when junior Steve Ebbole (Wheaton, Ill.) scored his first goal of the season. The hosts would take a 3-2 lead before the end of the period as sophomore Vinnie Jacona (East Stroudsburg, Penn.) found the net.

Freshman Travis L’Heureux (Berlin, N.H.) and Gordon scored in the second period to give USM a 4-3 lead. L’Heureux’s goal was the first of his career. Fitti tied the game at 4-4 just 46 seconds after Gordon had given USM the lead.

The teams battled through a scoreless third period before Gordon ended the game in OT.

Freshman Casey Cox (Springvale, Maine), making his first collegiate start for Southern Maine, got the win by stopping 27 shots. Donovan finished the game with 33 saves.

Southern Maine returns to action next Friday (7:00 p.m.) traveling to Colby College.

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