UTICA, N.Y. — Mac Olson scored the game-winning goal 1:15 into overtime to give No. 5 Hobart a 4-3 win against No. 8 Utica on Friday at Memorial Auditorium.
Hobart improved to 17-2-2 and 9-1-1 in Eastern College Athletic Conference West play. Hobart fell to 16-4-0 overall and 7-3-0 in the conference. The Statesmen remain in first place in the league standings, and the Pioneers are five points behind in second.
Four different Statesmen scored in the victory. Harry Radovich recorded two assists, and Bronson Kovacs produced a goal and an assist. Nick Broadwater finished with 24 saves. He improved to 13-2-2 in goal this season.
Going into the third period the game was tied 1-1. Rob Morton put Utica on top 2-1 with 6:50 left in the period. Joel Wetmore and Jon Gaffney set up the play. With 2:51 left in regulation, Bobby Hannah tallied his seventh goal of the year to knot the game at 2-2. He sent in a rebound from a shot by Brad Richard. Ryan Michel also earned an assist.
With exactly one minute left, Peter LaFosse scored a short-handed goal after a pass from Ridge Garbutt to give the Pioneers a 3-2 lead. Hobart pulled Broadwater for the extra skater for a 6-on-4 advantage and, with 8.1 remaining, Tommaso Traversa sent the game into overtime. Radovich and Ben Gamache earned the assists. It was Traversa’s seventh goal this season. Olson secured the victory for the Statesmen with his eighth goal of the year. Kovacs and Frank Salituro set up the game-winning tally.
Kovacs scored the first goal of the game to give Hobart a 1-0 lead 9:58 into the game. He took advantage of a power play, ripping a shot from the point, to notch his sixth goal of the season off assists from Terrence O’Neill and Radovich. Just 53 seconds into the second period, Utica’s Louie Educate scored on a power play to tie the game. Donny Olivieri and Trever Hertz earned the assists.
Nick Therrien played all 61:15 in goal for Utica and stopped 34 shots. The Statesmen held a 38-27 advantage in shots. Hobart was 2-for-6 on the power play, and the Pioneers were 1-for-3.