Pilgrims drop overtime game to Huskies
University of Southern Maine’s Tim Bryant scored an unassisted goal one minute into the second overtime lifting the Huskies past the Pilgrims 9-8 Monday night in Portland. The non-conference loss drops the Pilgrims to 2-4 overall, while the Huskies improve to 4-3 on the season.
Southern Maine would get on the board first scoring at the 8:37 mark in the open quarter but the Pilgrims would respond closing the quarter on a 3-0 run to take the 3-1 lead. The Huskies offense would close the gap in the second quarter of play netting the only two goals of the quarter sending the game into halftime knotted at 3-3.
Southern Maine would continue to control much of the offense in the third quarter out shooting NEC 20-3 and building an 8-5 lead early in the fourth. NEC would battle back in the fourth scoring three unanswered goals in the final 12 minutes tying the game at 8-8 to force overtime.
The two teams would battle through a scoreless first overtime before USM’s Bryant would ward off an NEC defender and record the game-winner just one minute into the second overtime.
Leading the way for NEC was Matt Vozzolo who netted five goals for the Pilgrims. NEC’s Matt Carey recorded four assists and Sam Freihofner scored two goals. In goal for NEC was Nick Acquaviva who finished the evening with 17 saves.