Maine Hockey Journal

Southern Maine drops a heartbeaker to NEC; Season comes to an end.

Henniker, NH — Sophomore Simon Laudon-Sorlin (Stockholm, Sweden) scored at 5:29 of sudden-death overtime to give fourth-seeded New England College a 4-3 victory over fifth-seeded University of Southern Maine Saturday night in a first round playoff game of the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Men’s East at Lee Clement Arena.

The win vaults the Pilgrims into the improbable situation of hosting the semifinals and finals next weekend as the top three seeds in the single-elimination tournament lost Saturday night. The Pilgrims, who played a 2-2 tie against the Huskies eight days ago, improve to 15-9-2. The Huskies, who were unbeaten in six previous overtime games this season (3-0-3), finish the season 11-12-3.
Laudon-Sorlin scored the game winner, and his fourth goal of the season, when he put in the rebound of his initial shot past USM senior goalie Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, Maine).

Southern Maine jumped to a 2-0 lead in the opening period on goals from junior Chris Travis (Scituate, Mass.) and senior Josh Giordani (Quincy, Mass.). Travis’ goal, his 15th of the season, came unassisted at 2:40. Giordani lit the lamp for the second time this season, assisted by sophomore Zach Joy (Dover, N.H.), at 15:56.

The Pilgrims got one goal back before the end of the first period when junior Trevor Turner (Westbank, B.C.) scored at 16:34, just nine seconds into a power play.

Freshman Olli Kalliosaari (Hattula, Finland) tied the game at 14:29 of the second period with the Pilgrims’ second extra-man goal. Turner and freshman Jarkko Leppanen (Tampere, Finland) picked up the assists.

Freshman Dan Rautenberg (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) regained the lead for USM with an unassisted marker at 11:15 of the third period. With just 1:31 left in regulation, sophomore Bill McGinnis (Williams Lake, B.C.) drew the hosts even with his sixth goal, assisted by Laudon-Sorlin and junior Mark Ehl (North Vancouver, B.C.).

Gilbert closed out his USM career making 30 saves. Sophomore Aaron Harvey (Milford, Nova Scotia) was credited with 18 saves for NEC.

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