|University of Southern Maine||Saint Anselm|
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Senior Cole Klippenstein (Franklin, Tenn.) scored 48 seconds into overtime to give the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies an improbable, 4-3, come-from-behind overtime victory over the Saint Anselm College Hawks in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men’s action Friday night at Sullivan Arena.
Down 3-1 and playing with the goalie out of the net for an extra skater, the Huskies pulled within one at 19:00 on a goal by junior Brett Norman (Dawson Creek, B.C.), then tied the game 23 seconds later when freshman Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.) scored. Klippenstein capped off the Huskies improbable comeback with the game winner in the opening minute of overtime.
The win was the second straight, and third in the last four games, for the Huskies who improved to 9-11-2 overall and 5-9-1 in NEHC play. The Hawks lost for the third time in their last four games, falling to 10-10-2 overall and 5-9-1 in conference play.
Saint Anselm grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when rookie Trey Aiello (Williamsburg, Va.) scored his ninth goal of the season off an assist from classmate Jake Grade (Falmouth, Maine). Less than four minutes later, USM tied the game when senior Ty Zampitella (Ipswich, Mass.) scored his second goal of the season. Sophomore Parker Sanderson (Bangor, Maine) and rookie Brendan Murphy (St. Peters, Mo.) collected the assists.
The teams played a scoreless second period with USM outshooting Saint Anselm 5-2.
The Hawks took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play opportunity in the third period to take a 2-1 lead. Senior Peter Sikalis (Acton, Mass.) tallied his sixth goal off assists from senior Brendon Kerrigan (Boston, Mass.) and sophomore Bryan Green (Weymouth, Mass.) at 5:30. Saint Anselm took advantage of another power play later in the period to go up 3-1. Sikalis pocketed his second goal of the game, set up by Aiello and Kerrigan, at 13:25 to give the Hawks what appeared to be a comfortable lead.
USM finished the game outshooting Saint Anselm 24-16. The Hawks were successful on 2 of 6 power-play opportunities while the Huskies went 0 for 3 with the man advantage. USM rookie goalie Paul Léger (Blainville, Quebec) evened his record at 3-3 stopping 13 shots. Saint Anselm junior Shane Joyce (Pembroke, Mass.) made 20 saves.