The Middlebury men's hockey team dropped its third straight game as the Panthers dropped a 4-3 decision at UMass.-Boston. Middlebury out shot its opponent 45-25 on the afternoon, but it wasn't enough as they went 2/8 on the power play. The Panthers will wrap up their regular season next weekend when they host Amherst and Hamilton.
Eric Tufman netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 1:39 left to play in the game to lead UMB an upset over Middlebury. The Beacons last win vs. the Panthers came on December 10, 1991 in Middlebury, as they had lost 15 straight times before today's win improved their record to 9-12-2 on the season, including 4-11-2 in ECAC East play, while Middlebury, which is ranked number six in the nation, falls to 14-6-2 and 10-5-2 in NESCAC play.
Casey Ftorek netted his seventh goal of the season at 17:58 of the third period for the Panthers, to deflate an anxious arena, on an assist from junior defensemen Jack Kinder and Mack Cummins to tie the contest at 3-3. Tufman scored the game-winner just 23 seconds later when he collected a rebound and slipped a shot into the right corner of the net from the crease at 18:21 of the final period to give UMB the win.
Steve Ebbole took a feed from Atsoff at 7:04 of the first period and fired a shot from between the circles for his second goal of the season to open the scoring and give the Beacons a 1-0 lead before Devin Hutchinson found the back of the net for his first collegiate goal at 11:39 of the opening period for a 2-0 UMB lead.
Michael Kretschmer put Middlebury on the board when Bryan Curran and Mason Graddock set him up on the power play for his fifth goal of the year at 7:06 of the second period, but the Beacons wasted no time in answering when Kranzky and Atsoff combined to find Tufman just 83 seconds later for a power play score and a 3-1 lead at 8:29 of the middle period. Robert MacIntyre pulled the Panthers to within 3-2 with his first goal of the season on an assist for senior defenseman Tom Maldonado, his 100th career point, and John Sullivan at 14:20 of the third period.
Ryan Donovan turned away 42 shots to earn the win for UMass Boston, while Ross Cherry made 21 saves for Middlebury.
Middlebury College (14-6-2, 10-5-2 NESCAC) 0 1 2 3
UMass Boston (9-12-2, 4-11-2 ECAC East) 2 1 1 4
Scoring - First Period: UMB - Steve Ebbole (Matt Atsoff) 7:04. UMB - Devin Hutchinson (Eric Araujo, Ebbole) 11:39. Second Period: MC - Michael Kretschmer (Bryan Curran, Mason Graddock) 7:06 (pp). UMB - Eric Tufman (Kris Kranzky, Atsoff) 8:29 (pp). Third Period: MC - Robert MacIntyre (Tom Maldonado, John Sullivan) 14:20. MC - Casey Ftorek (Jack Kinder, Mack Cummins) 17:58. UMB - Tufman (Atsoff, Kranzky) 18:21.
Saves: UMB- (Ryan Donovan) 42, MC- (Ross Cherry) 21