GORHAM, Maine -- Freshman goaltender Anthony D'Aloisio (Frisco, Texas) stopped 27 shots in his first collegiate start as the University of Southern Maine Huskies played to a 2-2 overtime tie with the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds in a New England Hockey Conference men's game Saturday at the USM Ice Arena.
The tie gave the Huskies their first point in the NEHC standings after two games, and a 0-1-1 record. The Thoroughbreds are now 0-2-1 overall and 0-1-1 in NEHC games. The two sides will meet again on January 26 at Skidmore.
Tied 2-2 heading into the final period of regulation time, D'Aloisio and Skidmore rookie goalie Brian Kowalski (Buffalo, N.Y.) matched each other save for save over the final 25 minutes of play. D'Aloisio made a big save with the blocker in overtime on junior Adam Moodie's (Wolfe Island, Ontario) shot that appeared ticketed for the top left corner. Kowalski had three saves in the overtime period to preserve the tie. Both netminders finished the game with 27 saves.
Both goalies benefited from shots that clanked off the iron. Skidmore rookie Matt Muzyka (Cheshire, Conn.) had his shot in overtime hit the crossbar, ricocheting upward and hitting the ceiling. USM senior Brett Norman (Dawson Creek, B.C.) rang one off the post in the third period.
Southern Maine grabbed a 1-0 lead with the only goal of the first period. Down a skater, sophomores Ethan Bassile (Scarborough, Maine) and Jerome Witkowski (Kittery, Maine) combined for a short-handed goal at 8:43. Witkowski chipped the puck up the boards to Bassile who carried through center zone and into the Skidmore zone before beating Kowalski.
Skidmore tied the game with a power-play goal by Muzyka at 10:11 of the middle period. Muzyka was in the right spot to stuff home the rebound of a shot from rookie Paul Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.).
The teams traded goals 13 seconds apart late in the second period to remain deadlocked. Junior Blue Hayler (Missoula, Mont.) gave USM a short-lived 2-1 lead knocking in the rebound of a Sasha Makarov (Indian Trail, N.C.) shot. Thirteen ticks later, Moodie beat D'Aloisio from the left-wing circle to tie the game.
Both sides finished the game with 29 shots on goal. Skidmore converted 1 of 4 power-play chances. Southern Maine went 0 for 1 with the man advantage.
Southern Maine hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston next Friday (7:00 p.m.) for an NEHC game. Skidmore will be at home next Friday (7:00 p.m.) hosting Norwich University.