Maine Hockey Journal

Southern Maine and Tufts battle to a tie

Malden, Mass. — As their records would indicate, the Tufts University and University of Southern Maine hockey teams proved to be evenly matched and played to a 5-5 tie in a NESCAC/ECAC East crossover men’s game on Saturday afternoon at Valley Forum II.

In addition to the 5-5 score, shots on goal were almost identical with Southern Maine finishing with 47 and Tufts University with 46 in an action-packed 65 minutes of play. Tufts’ record moved to 9-11-2 overall (5-10-2 in the league), while Southern Maine is now 10-11-2 (7-8-2 league).

Southern Maine junior Chris Travis (Scituate, MA) scored the Huskies’ first three goals for his second hat trick of the season.

Sophomore defenseman Paul Conter (Woodbridge, ONT) had two assists in the game. Senior goalie Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, ME), who came on in relief of injured starter Koray Celik (Ile-bizzard, QUE) in the first period, finished with 35 saves.

The Jumbos had three multiple-point scorers. Sophomores Mike Vitale (Brookfield, IL) and Dylan Cooper (Colorado Springs, CO) both had a goal and an assist. Sophomore Tom Derosa (Charlestown, MA) added two assists. Freshman goalie Scott Barchard (Reading, MA) made 42 saves.

Tufts led 1-0 just nine seconds into the game when freshman Nick Resor (Westwood, MA) broke up a pass, went in alone on Celik and put one in off the post. Travis’ first of the game on a power-play at 7:30 tied the score, but the Jumbos answered 89 seconds later on the first goal of the year by sophomore Conor Pieri (Needham, MA) at 8:59. Travis struck again on a short-handed break-away at 11:27 for a 2-2 tie. Vitale gave Tufts a 3-2 advantage at 16:40 and that was the score at the end of a busy first period.

The Jumbos built a two-goal lead at 4-2 when junior Doug Wilson (San Jose, CA) scored on a power-play at 5:29. However, within six minutes the Huskies had erased the lead with the third goal of the game and 13th of the season by Travis at 5:43 – 14 seconds after Wilson’s goal – and another by senior Eric Morgani (Reading, MA) at 11:07. The second period, which featured 35 total shots on goal including 20 by Southern Maine, ended in a 4-4 deadlock.

The third period brought on 32 more shots, with 18 by Tufts. Cooper swatted in his own rebound at 2:23 of the third period to give Tufts a 5-4 lead. Southern Maine came back again though, with senior Matt Rowe (Newmarket, ONT) netting his second of the year at 6:13 to make it 5-5. The teams went scoreless over the final 13:47 of the third and all five minutes in overtime.

In further signs of the equality of the game, both teams 10 penalties whistled against them and each went one for six on the power-play.

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