Maine Hockey Journal

Gordon secures tie for Southern Maine

Gorham, ME — Senior Dan Gordon (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored with 3:46 to play in regulation to give the University of Southern Maine a 2-2 overtime tie with New England College Friday night in an ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Men’s East game at the USM Ice Arena.

The tie leaves Southern Maine with a 10-11-3 overall record and a 7-8-3 mark in the league. USM still has a slim possibility of earning a home ice berth in the postseason tournament that starts next weekend. New England College, which clinched a home ice berth with the tie, is 14-8-2 overall and 9-7-2 in league games.

Gordon stole the puck at the NEC blue line and beat sophomore goalie Aaron Harvey (Milford, Nova Scotia) with a quick wrist shot coming from the right wing circle.

Trailing 1-0 entering the final period, NEC tied the game at 11:53 as junior Trevor Turner (Westbank, B.C.) converted a set up from junior Mark Ehl (North Vancouver, B.C.) and senior Per Thunberg (Linkoping, Sweden). The Pilgrims grabbed a 2-1 lead at 12:46 with a unassisted short-handed goal from sophomore Johan Granath (Stockholm, Sweden). Granath picked up a turnover at the USM blue, skated in and beat senior goalie Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, Maine) from 30 feet out.

Southern Maine broke a scoreless deadlock midway through the second period as sophomore Zach Joy (Dover, N.H.) took an indirect pass from senior Josh Giordani (Quincy, Mass.) down the left side, cut into the middle and beat Harvey over the left shoulder. Sophomore Steve Wiedler (Farmingville, N.Y.) also picked up an assist on the goal which came at 10:17.
Gilbert finished the game stopping 27 of 29 shots. Harvey ended up making 22 saves.

Southern Maine closes the regular season on Saturday (4:00 p.m.) hosting Saint Anselm College.

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