WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - A goal by senior Jim Foley (Brockton, Mass.) 1:20 into overtime Saturday night lifted the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a dramatic 5-4 victory over Plymouth State University in a thrilling ECAC Northeast Conference men's ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.
UMD, the defending ECAC Northeast regular season and tournament champion and NCAA qualifier, led 4-0 early in the second period before PSU battled back with three power play goals in the second period, and a game-tying goal with less than two minutes to play in regulation. The overtime decision keeps UMD perfect on the season at 4-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in conference play, while PSU moves to 1-3-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the Northeast. Plymouth State defeated UMD in overtime last season, the Corsairs' only conference loss en route to the championship.
Freshman goalie Mick Fitzpatrick (Lancaster, N.Y.) kept the Panthers in the game during the comeback, particularly in the third period when UMD had a 17-4 advantage in shots on goal. Fitzpatrick stopped all 17 shots in the third period and finished with 40 saves as the Corsairs outshot the Panthers 45-22.
Senior Ray Kirby (Fairhaven, Mass.) scored a pair of goals in the first two minutes of the game to give the visitors are early lead. Senior Peter Lindner (Parlin, N.J.) and freshman Matt Serino (Saugus, Mass.) made it 4-0 less than six minutes into the second period.
Senior Jay Londer (Philadelphia, Pa.), junior Bobby Dashner (Hyde Park, Mass.) and freshman Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) started the Panther comeback, all collecting power play goals within a seven-minute span to cut the margin to one after two periods.
UMD dominated the third period, but the only goal was by PSU junior Kyle Allen (Shrewsbury, Mass.) with 1:53 remaining on the clock, setting up the overtime and the UMD win.
PSU plays another home game on Tuesday against Castleton State (6:00 p.m.) at Waterville Valley Ice Arena. UMD visits Worcester State on Tuesday.
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