Eric Tufman snapped a shot home just 44 seconds into overtime to lift UMass.-Boston to its second win in as many years over Middlebury, this time by a score of 3-2. The Panthers fall to (16-5-1 overall and 13-3-1 in NESCAC play, while UMB moves to 8-13-2, 4-12-1 in ECAC East play. With the loss, Middlebury moves into second place in the NESCAC, two points behind Amherst, who they'll visit this Friday. The Panthers out shot the Beacons, 39-18 on the night.
Charlie Strauss hit the crossbar for Middlebury 4:45 into the first period before Mason Graddock snapped in a wrister from the right side at 6:59 for a 1-0 lead. Doug Raeder kept the lead in tact at the eight-minute mark as he denied a golden opportunity by Tufman. The Beacons tied the game at 9:12 with some nice stick-work driving to the goal by Wayne Sands, before he scored from just outside the crease. Graddock struck again at 14:44 as he gathered his own rebound and scored from the right side to make it a 2-1 Middlebury lead.
Middlebury had a great chance to take a 3-1 lead 4:00 into the second period, but UMB defender Brett Calhoun saved a shot on an open net by Martin Drolet. The Panther defense was strong in the period, not allowing a shot until the 14:08 as they held an 11-3 shots advantage in the period.
UMB tied the game in the third period with a five-on-three power play. Sands netted his second of the night off a feed from Eric Tufman, as his shot deflected in off the skate of a Middlebury defender. Middlebury went on a power play with 2:28 left in the game, but could not score the game-winner as the contest headed into overtime.
Raeder ended the night with 15 saves for Middlebury, while Ryan Donovan came up big for UMB, making 37 stops on the night.
Date: February 14, 2009 - 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Mass.-Boston (8-13-2) 1 0 1 1 3
Middlebury (16-5-1) 2 0 0 0 2
M-1st (6:59) - Mason Graddock (Charlie Strauss)
UMB-1st (9:12) - Wayne Sands (David Lun, Gentry Zollars)
M-1st (14:44) - Graddock (Chaz Svoboda, Michael Kretschmer)
UMB-3rd (12:00) - Sands (Eric Tufman)
UMB-OT (:44) - Tufman (Kris Kranzky, Matt Atsoff)
Doug Raeder-M (60:44 min, 15 saves, 3 GA)
Ryan Donovan-UMB (60:44 min., 37 saves, 2 GA)