No. 10 UMass Hockey Falls In Final Seconds At Vermont
Nov. 20, 2007
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Dean Strong scored with 25 seconds remaining in action and Corey Carlson added an empty-netter for insurance as Vermont defeated the No. 10 UMass hockey team at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. The Catamounts held a 2-1 lead after two periods before Cory Quirk tied the game 42 seconds into the third. Vermont pressured UMass heavily in final moments of the game and Strong was able to capitalize for the game-winner in the waning seconds. The Minutemen will host Union on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Mullins Center.
The loss snapped a six-game unbeaten streak for UMass who falls to 5-3-4 overall and 3-2-4 in Hockey East. Vermont improves to 3-5-1 overall and 3-2-1 in league action.
The two teams battled through a scoreless first period that saw the Catamounts come out with a 14-to-8 shot advantage. Vermont tallied the first goal of the game when Kevin Miller scored an even-strength goal at the 6:03 mark of the period.
UMass responded just under two minutes later to tie the game when sophomore Will Ortiz took the puck down the right wing to the faceoff circle before sending a hard shot high towards the cage. He slipped it just under the cross bar and above UVM keeper Joe Fallon's shoulder.
Vermont retook the lead at the 13:13 mark when Colin Vock received a pass from Carlson at the blueline and took it almost to UMass keeper Paul Dainton's crease beating him with a backhanded shot for the 2-1 lead.
In the third period, senior assistant captain Cory Quirk pulled UMass back even when he tipped in a Justin Braun shot for the equalizer. Braun sent a quick spinning shot from the right point towards the goal and Quirk was able to redirect it for the goal.
Neither team was able to score again until Strong's game-winner. Following the goal, UMass called timeout to pull Dainton for the extra skater in the final seconds hoping to tie the game again. Vermont stood tall and Carlson was credited with an empty net goal to finish the game.
Dainton finished the game with 25 saves, while Fallon had 29.
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