|Daniel Webster College||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — Junior Ryan Murray (Farmington Hills, Mich.) scored with 4:08 to play to snap a 5-5 tie and cap a three-goal third-period comeback as the visiting Daniel Webster College Eagles defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 6-5 in a New England Hockey Conference men’s game Friday evening at the USM Ice Arena.
The win was the first for the visitors after opening the season with five straight losses. The Huskies fall back to .500 at 2-2-0 overall.
Down 5-3 entering the final period, the Eagles clawed their way back into the game when sophomore Tanner Todd (Kansas City, Mo.) tipped a shot from classmate Matt Ho (Vancouver, B.C.) past USM rookie goalie Paul Léger (Blainville, Quebec) at 1:04 for a power-play goal.
Sophomore Chris Timm (Dublin, Calif.) intercepted an errant clearing pass and beat Léger from 25 feet out to tie the game at the 13:50 mark, setting the stage for Murray’s game winner two minutes later.
Murray was stationed to the right of the goal and converted after assists from juniors John Ulichney (Wilkes-Barre, Penn.) and Matt Fitzpatrick (Wolfeboro, N.H.) at 15:52.
The Huskies pressed in the final minutes looking for an equalizer, but junior goalie Anthony D’Urso (Rome, N.Y.) and his defense were able to thwart the Huskies.
Southern Maine built a 3-0 first-period lead benefiting from a five-minute power play. Sophomore Parker Sanderson (Bangor, Maine), junior Brett Norman (Dawson Creek, B.C.) and senior Cole Klippenstein (Franklin, Tenn.) scored for the Huskies in a 2:50 span during the extended power play. Norman, who picked up an assist on the Klippenstein goal, finished the night with a goal and two assists.
Daniel Webster got one goal back before the end of the period as sophomore Gavin Abbott (Binghamton, N.Y.) found the net on the Eagles second shot of the period at 18:06.
Rookie Brandon Beard (Apopka, Fla.) scored an unassisted goal for the Eagles at 3:37 of the second period to get the visitors within one. Southern Maine added its fourth power-play goal of the game when rookie Tristan Dundas (Abbotsford, B.C.) scored from the blue line through a screen, and junior Alex Pantalone (Hudson, Mass.) restored the Huskies’ three-goal lead at 10:04 with his second goal of the season. Junior Steven Smoltz (Livonia, Mich.) tallied a power-play goal for the Eagles at 13:59 to make it 5-3 after two periods.
Southern Maine finished the game with a 35-20 edge in shots on goal. D’Urso finished with 30 saves while Léger stopped 14 shots in his collegiate debut. Southern Maine went 4 for 9 with the extra man. Daniel Webster was 3 for 9 on the power play.