GORHAM, Maine — Junior Alex Pantalone (Hudson, Mass.) scored with 3:57 remaining in regulation to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies a 3-3, overtime tie with the Colby College Mules in a non-conference men’s ice hockey game Tuesday night at the USM Ice Arena.
The tie left the Huskies with a 6-10-1 overall record and snapped a string of three straight one-goal losses. The Mules, who played their second straight tie game, are unbeaten in their last three games (1-0-2) and 6-4-3 overall.
Tied 2-2 heading into the third period, the Mules took their only lead of the game at 12:07 as junior Dan Dupont (Wallingford, Conn.) followed up rookie JP Schulen’s (Longmeadow, Mass.) rush to tap a loose puck past USM junior goalie Kyle Shapiro (Ocean, N.J.). The goal was the first of Dupont’s collegiate career.
Pressing for an equalizer with time winding down, the Huskies got a bit of good fortune as Pantalone’s shot from the left-wing circle appeared to change direction off a Colby defender, striking the far post and settling into the back of the net for the tying goal at 16:03. Junior Brett Norman (Dawson Creek, B.C.) and senior Cole Klippenstein (Franklin, Tenn.) picked up the assists on the play.
In a fast-paced game, the Huskies wasted little time taking the lead just 16 seconds into the game. Norman was sent in alone on Colby junior goalie Sean Lawrence (Granite Bay, Calif.) by sophomore Conor Ferrera (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and beat Lawrence from 20 feet out over the right shoulder. Rookie Brendan Murphy (St. Peters, Mo.) also earned an assist.
Colby scored the first of its two power-play goals at 15:20 with senior Devin Albert (Reading, Mass.) finishing off a nifty passing play from classmates EJ Rauseo (Methuen, Mass.) and Geoff Sullivan (Topsfield, Mass.).
Norman again gave the Huskies the lead at 4:24 of the second period. Norman brought the puck in on the right-wing side before curling back across the middle and beating Lawrence back to the right side. Ferrera and Klippenstein were credited with the assists.
Colby tied the game with its second power-play goal when senior Jack Burton (Baltimore, Md.) followed his initial shot that was stopped by Shapiro and poked the rebound through a maze of players into the net. Junior Cam MacDonald (Westford, Mass.) and Sullivan drew the assists.
Southern Maine finished with a 31-30 edge in shots on goal. Lawrence recorded 28 saves for Colby while Shapiro stopped 27 shots. The Mules went 2 for 7 with the man advantage while the Huskies were 0 for 4 with the extra skater.