SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A goal by Brandon Borges at 1:22 of the overtime period lifted Skidmore College to a 3-2 New England Hockey Conference win over the 12th/14th ranked Beacons Friday evening.
#12/14 UMass Boston 2, Skidmore College 3 (OT)
UMass Boston (14-8-0, 9-6-0 NEHC)
Skidmore College (5-16-1, 3-11-1 NEHC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a wild final six minutes to the third period, where the two teams exchanged goals to for a 2-2 tie, the Thoroughbreds picked-up their second conference win just 1:22 into the frame.
Borges game-winner gave the Beacons their second straight loss in the last week, and keeps them in fourth place with 18 points, and only three games remaining in the regular season.
The Thoroughbreds struck first in Friday's meeting, the third of the year with the Beacons, as Adam Moodie ended the scoreless draw at the midway point of the second. It would take another 18+ minutes before the Beacons would score the equalizer as Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) tied the game at 1-1.
Six minutes later, Max Hegge put Skidmore back out in front. With time quickly winding down, the Beacons took advantage of a power-play with Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) scoring the then equalizer. Assisting on the play was Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) and Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.).
With the score locked at 2-2, the two teams headed into the five-minute overtime. Skidmore's offense would control the OT from the opening face-off. They would register the only three shots, with the third proving to be the deciding tally.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons led the contest in shots 43-34
- Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 31 saves in the conference loss, while Skidmore's Brian Kowalski finished with 41 stops
- The Beacons finished 1-for-4 on the power play; Skidmore finished 0-for-2 on the night
- All-time the Beacons are now 14-15-4 all-time
- Saturday's contest marked the first time that Skidmore and UMass Boston had faced each other three separate times during the regular season, two of which were played in the Empire State.
The Beacons will look to salvage the weekend as they take on Hobart College tomorrow at 4 p.m. in their final road game of the regular season.