UMass squeaks past Vermont in OT
Marcou scores game-winning goal for Minutemen
BOSTON -- Michael Marcou's power play goal with 22.3 seconds left in overtime lifted Massachusetts to a 3-2 victory against Vermont in the opening game of 2012 Frozen Fenway Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Marcou, a senior defenseman, punched in a rebound of his own shot from the point in a goalmouth scramble to end the hard fought game between the two border rivals. Conor Sheary and Danny Hobbs picked up assists as the Minutemen (7-8-5, 3-6-4 Hockey East) won for the first time in seven overtime contests this season (1-1-5).
Vermont's improved power play generated two goals for the fifth game this season and the second time in its last three games but could not cash in on three third period attempts including a five-minute power play that extended into overtime. The Catamounts went 2-for-7 for the game with a man advantage while Marcou's goal was UMass's lone power play tally in four attempts.
|FROZEN FENWAY RESULTS|
|Massachusetts 3, Vermont 2 OT|
|Maine 5, New Hampshire 4 OT|
UVM's Sebastian Stalberg had the best scoring opportunity in the early going when his partial breakaway was turned aside by Massachusetts goaltender Jeff Teglia. At 9:38, Stalberg and Drew McKenzie set up Kyle Reynolds on the power play for the game's first goal. Stalberg's initial shot was blocked before McKenzie flipped the puck toward the crease where Reynolds rapped it home for his seventh goal of the season, and his fourth in the last six games. The early lead lasted just 15 seconds as sophomore Eric Filiou countered for the Minutemen beating UVM goalie Rob Madore. Patrick Kiley and Colin Shea picked up assists on Filiou's first goal of the season.
The Minutemen took their first lead 1:10 into the middle period when Hobbs, a senior, skated down the leftwing and snuck a wrist shot past Madore for his sixth of the season. Vermont cashed in again with an extra skater at 7:10 as McKenzie, from just outside the crease, redirected Stalberg's pass from the right boards for his sixth of the season. Four of the Vermont senior defenseman's goals have come against league foes and he extended his point streak to six games.
Hobbs goal-assist outing was his fifth multi-point game this year and Stalberg, who set up both UVM goals, now has seven. The junior forward also has a point in six consecutive games a stretch where he has had a hand in 10 of UVM's last 15 goals (two goals, eight assists).
The Minutemen finished with a 28-26 edge in shots on goal for the contest and a 5-2 advantage in the extra session. Teglia made 12 of his 24 stops after the second period. Madore finished with 25 saves for the Catamounts 4-15-1, 1-11-1) who lost their fifth consecutive league game since beating UMass in Burlington back on November 22, 2011.
The game was the first to go past 60 minutes for the two rivals since December 5, 1970, a span of 44 games. That game was also a UMass 3-2 victory at the Amherst College rink when the two schools were ECAC Division II powers. It also was the second-ever overtime hockey game at Fenway Park following the Boston Bruins 2-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2010.