Hockey Defeats Northeastern, 4-3, in Overtime
Jan. 26, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore forward Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) netted the game-winning goal 1:20 into overtime to lift the University of Massachusetts to a 4-3 victory over Northeastern in Hockey East action tonight at the William D. Mullins Center. Pöck finished a two-on-one with a wrist shot just under the crossbar to give the Minutemen their first victory since Dec. 28, against Niagara. Freshman Josh Hanson (Medford, Mass.) assisted on the goal.
With Massachusetts trailing 3-0 in the third period, junior Kelly Sickavish (North Vancouver, British Columbia) scored his first career goal. Sickavish scored on a slap shot from the point at the 8:27 mark. Freshmen Justin Rafferty (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Peter Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) assisted on the goal. Massachusetts made it a one-goal game when sophomore defenseman Nick Kuiper (Beaconsfield, Quebec) scored at the 15:44 mark. Freshman Craig MacDonald (Canton, Mass.) passed the puck to Kuiper, who scored on a slap shot from the point. Pöck also assisted on the goal.
Senior captain Toni Söderholm (Helsinki, Finland) tied the game, 3-3, on a breakaway goal with 56 seconds remaining in regulation. Söderholm took a clearing pass from Hanson and beat Northeastern goaltender Keni Gibson with a wrist shot to send the game into overtime. Freshman TimVitek (Dresden, Ontario) also assisted on the goal.
Northeastern opened the scoring when Scott Selig scored a power play goal at the 7:44 mark in the first period. Selig scored from the slot off a feed from Eric Ortlip. Jason Herriman also assisted on the goal.
The Huskies extended their lead to 2-0 on a wrap around goal from Herriman just over two minutes into the second period. Joe Mastronardi won an offensive zone faceoff to Herriman, who circled the net before scoring. Northeastern went ahead 3-0 when Herriman netted his second of the game at the 6:51 mark of the third period. Mastronardi and Ryan Dudgeon assisted on the goal.
Senior goaltender Mike Johnson (Excelsior, Minn.) made 26 saves for the Minutemen, while Gibson made 14 saves for the Huskies.
Massachusetts returns to action on Friday, Feb. 1, when it takes on defending national champion Boston College at the Mullins Center. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.