HOOKSETT, N.H. -- Senior Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) provided the golden goal 3:09 into overtime, as UMass Dartmouth stormed back from a five-goal second period deficit to post a 7-6 victory over Southern New Hampshire in the third place game of the PAL Stovepipe Cup Thursday evening at Ice Den Arena.
In a contest that was re-scheduled five weeks after its postponement by a snow storm in early December, the visiting Corsairs (3-8-2) spotted the host Penmen (6-6) a 2-0 first period cushion and then saw Southern New Hampshire scored three times in the opening 9:14 of the second stanza to build its five-goal lead. After the squads traded scores late in the frame, UMass Dartmouth began its comeback on tallies from freshman Austin Miller (Meridian, Idaho) and junior Eric Bolden (Oswego, Ill.) in the final 59 seconds of the period to creep back to within three (6-3) after 40 minutes of action, and junior Dillon Radin’s (Long Beach, N.Y.) shorthanded marker 2:47 into the third period reduced the deficit to two.
Sophomore Derek Britner’s (Salem, N.H.) first career goal at the 7:08 mark sliced the Corsair deficit down to a single goal, and senior Cameron Mack (Long Beach, Calif.) provided the equalizer for the visitors with 2:56 remaining in regulation on a feed from junior Kai Kapossy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). The two teams headed into an extra session that saw the Penmen put four shots on net, but Leonard converted a Radin feed in front with 1:51 remaining in overtime to provide the heroics and cap the incredible comeback.
Freshman Jake Maynard (St. John, Ind.) netted his first career goal to account for the other marker on the night for UMass Dartmouth, which received two assists each from Leonard and Kapossy along with single helpers off the sticks of sophomore Jimmy Pelton (Syracuse, N.Y.) as well as freshmen Clay Ellerbrock (Tega Cay, S.C.) & John Grealish (Bakersfield, Calif.). Sophomore Joe Florino (Willow Grove, Pa.) collected a goal and an assist in the setback for Southern New Hampshire, which also received tallies from sophomores Kyle Conover (Cary, N.C.), Travis Quigley (North Babylon, N.Y.), Andy Somerville (Medford, Mass.) and Gustaf Arfelt (Stockholm, Sweden) as well as freshman Matt Monreal (Wauwatosa, Wis.).
Freshman Daniel Davidson (Surrey, B.C.) earned his first collegiate win in goal with 22 saves over the final 33-plus minutes of action for UMass Dartmouth, as fellow freshman Domenic Bosetti (Long Beach, Calif.) made 13 stops in his first career start for the visitors. Freshmen George Thurston (Plymouth, Mass.) and Andrew Ray (Cumberland, Maine) notched two assists each for the Penmen, who received 28 saves between the pipes from senior Kurt Gutting (Weymouth, Mass.). Southern New Hampshire held a 41-35 advantage in shots in a contest that saw each team record 42 faceoff wins.
UMass Dartmouth hosts Framingham State in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference outing on Saturday afternoon at Hetland Arena that faces off at 4:00 pm, while Southern New Hampshire entertains Becker in a non-league matchup on Saturday evening at Ice Den Arena that faces off at 7:50 pm.