BOSTON, Mass. – Leading by two with less than five minutes left men's ice hockey saw its erased by back-to-back goals from St. Anselm's Mike Richard forcing the first overtime period of the year for both squads. The Hawks, who went into the extra frame on the power-play netted the game-winner just 31 seconds in to cap-off a three goal rally to defeat the Beacons by the final of 5-4 in an ECAC East conference match-up Saturday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.
In front of a raucous crowd the two teams exchanged goals and hits in what became a penalty filled affair. Combined the three officials whistled to the teams for a combined 31 infractions and total of one hour and 41 minutes of penalty time.
With Saturday's loss UMB fell to 1-1-0, 1-1-0 in the ECAC East, while the Hawks improved to 2-0-0, 2-0-0 in the conference.
Richard's game-changing goals came in the final five minutes of the third period and were separated by a mere 57 seconds. His second score was a power-play tally while his first came on an even-strength play. The game-winner was netted by Tim King, his second of the night and came off of a John Ahern assist. The helper marked the third of the evening for Ahern, who also assisted both of Richard's goals.
King initially broke the scoreless draw in the first period, but a Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) goal, his first of the year, tied it at 1-1 with less than seven minutes to play in the opening frame. Moving right along into the second period Mile Miller (Wrentham, Mass.) gave UMB their first lead of the evening on a shorthanded goal less than five minutes in. St. Anselm did answer back with a goal from Tucker Mullin at the 12:46 mark.
Just minutes later UMass retook the lead and extended it to two-score contest following goals from Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.) and Mike DeGrazia (Novi, Mich.) respectively. UMass would do their best to gain some more room on the scoreboard, but the Hawks goalie Robert Kang denied every Beacon attempt as the second period winded down.
The third period is when things really began to unravel. As the teams picked-up the intensity the officiating crew did everything in their power to keep control of the contest. This would result in a total of 20 penalties and would ultimately give the Hawks the window they were looking for.
Despite the late two goal rally and game-winner in overtime, freshman goalie Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) played tremendous in front of the home-crowd as he made a total of 27 stops. Combined the Beacons were 2-for-5 on the power-play, while the Hawks finished 3-for-9 on the man-up opportunities.
Men's Hockey returns to action on Saturday when they host UMass Dartmouth at 4 p.m. in the first non-conference game of the year for the Bea