Hockey Drops 4-3 OT Heartbreaker At Northeastern
Feb. 3, 2012
BOSTON - Michael Pereira scored a pair of goals and the Minutemen climbed out of an early two-goal deficit, but it was not enough as the UMass hockey team fell 4-3 in overtime at Northeastern on Friday night at Matthews Arena. Vinny Saponari scored the game-winning goal just 22 seconds into overtime as the teams split the season series 1-1-1. UMass (9-11-5, 5-9-4 HEA) will be back in action on Saturday night at the Mullins Center as No. 4 Merrimack visits for Bright Out Night.
The Huskies (11-11-3, 7-11-2 HEA) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period, but the Minutemen fought back to tie the game heading into the first intermission. Each team added a pair of goals in the second, but neither could find the game-winner in the third.
Along with Pereira's two goals, Joel Hanley added a pair of assists and Kevin Boyle made 26 saves in his first action since Jan. 5 at Providence. Darren Rowe scored his first goal of the season to round out the scoring.
Northeastern's Robbie Vrolyk also had a pair of goals in the game scoring the Huskies' first and third goals of the night. Adam Reid added the other marker, while goalie Chris Rawlings made 29 saves in net.
The Huskies built a 2-0 lead in the opening six minutes, 27 seconds of the game. Vrolyk scored an even-strength goal just 1:52 into the game, while Reid added a power play goal just over four minutes later.
Pereira brought the Minutemen within a goal with 6:27 left in the period when he poked home a loose puck which drifted behind Rawlings. Rowe tied the game with a nifty wrister from inside the blueline that got through traffic with 2:56 remaining to tie the game 2-2.
Just two minutes, 12 seconds into the second period, Pereira again scored off a rebound situation giving the Minutemen a 3-2 lead. Northeastern found the equalizer, however, just over four minutes later with Vrolyk's second tally of the night.
Neither team would score the rest of the period, however, UMass did finish the final 14 seconds of the period with an extra skater thanks to a delayed penalty call. The Minutemen were unable to score and started the third period with a five-minute power play.
The Huskie penalty kill came out of the intermission holding UMass at bay for the five-minute major with the Minutemen unable to capitalize.
Each team had power plays late in the third period, however, neither was able to score. Northeastern ended up with four face-offs in its offensive zone in the final 35.8 seconds, but were unable to do any damage forcing the overtime period.
In the overtime period, Saponari flicked a shot along the goal line from the right. The goal deflected through traffic before dribbling into the left side post for the game-winner.
UMass outshot Northeastern 32-30 for the game. Both teams scored a power play goal in the game with the Minutemen having four chances and the Huskies having five.