Southern Maine, Skidmore Skate to 2-2 Tie

Sophomore Tyler Gardiner scored USM's first goal in a 2-2 tie against Skidmore (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Tyler Gardiner scored USM's first goal in a 2-2 tie against Skidmore (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine, Skidmore Skate to 2-2 Tie

            GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Michael Green's (Baie d'Urfã, Quebec) first goal of the season at 6:46 of the third period gave the University of Southern Maine Huskies a 2-2 overtime tie with the visiting Skidmore College Thoroughbreds in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's action Friday evening at the USM Ice Arena.

            The Huskies, 2-1-2 in their last five games, are now 2-6-2 overall mark and 2-4-1 record in NEHC play.  The Thoroughbreds, unbeaten in their last four games (3-0-1), move to 6-2-2 overall and 2-1-2 in conference play.

            Heading into the third period tied at 1-1, the teams traded goals 22 seconds apart.  Skidmore took a 2-1 advantage at 6:24 when junior Matt Muzyka (Cheshire, Conn.) scored his sixth goal of the season, a power-play goal, by depositing a rebound of sophomore Avery Steel's (Colchester, Vt.) shot behind USM junior goalie Anthony D'Aloisio (Frisco, Texas).

            It took the Huskies just 22 ticks of the clock to equalize.  Sophomore Adam Withers (Kenora, Ontario) forced a turnover in the Skidmore end, but was stopped by Skidmore senior goalie Brandon Kasel (Ithaca, N.Y.).  Green was the first one to the rebound and flipped it past Kasel.

            In a fast-pace first period, each side found the net once.  Skidmore took a 1-0 lead with the first of its two power-play goals at 8:26.  Sophomore Kyle DelMaestro (Syosset, N.Y.) buried a rebound from 30 feet out after rookie David Poirier's (Green Valley, Ontario) shot was blocked by a USM defender.

            Sophomore Tyler Gardiner (Watertown, Mass.) tied the game just over eight minutes later as he fired home a feed from senior Johnny Kyte (Carp, Ontario).

            D'Aloisio finished his night's work with 31 saves while Kasel stopped 24 shots at the other end.  Skidmore finished with a 33-26 edge in shots on goal and converted on 2 of 6 power plays.  Southern Maine was 0 for 4 with the man advantage.

            The Huskies are back in action tomorrow afternoon (4 p.m.) hosting nationally-ranked Hobart College.  The Thoroughbreds will travel to New England College on Saturday (4 p.m.).

 

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