EVERETT, Mass. – Freshman Nicholas Favaro (Vaughn, Ontario) netted the game-winner with 23 seconds left in the 5-on-5 overtime period to give the Curry College men's ice hockey team a 4-3 victory over the Wentworth Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon at Allied Veteran's Memorial Rink in a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) bout.
Favaro's goal capped off a trio of unanswered goals by the Colonels, who trailed by a 2-0 margin after the first period. Freshman Guillaume Bose (San Jose, Calif.) tallied both goals for the Leopards in the frame, the first at 6:17 which was assisted by sophomore Joey O'Leary (Boston, Mass.) and senior Georgy Gorodetsky (Yekaterinburg, Russia). Gorodetsky registered the lone assist on the second goal of the contest, which was scored with 1:10 remaining.
Curry got on the scoreboard at 4:13 of the second period on a goal by sophomore Alex Ochterbeck (Dallas, Texas). Junior Tyler Lindstrom (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and sophomore Mic Curran (Arlington, Mass.) picked up the helpers on the strike. The Leopards got the score back to a two-goal advantage on a power-play marker by O'Leary with 11:51 on the clock. The Colonels inched closer with a goal from senior Billy Vizzo (Shelton, Conn.) with 5:42 to go. Curran and sophomore Nick Magill-Diaz (Troy, Mich.) were credited with the helpers as Curry pulled within one, 3-2, with one period to play.
The Colonels found the game-tying tally with 13:32 left on the sixth goal of the season from junior Viktor Jansson (Stockholm, Sweden). The tilt eventually would head into a 5-on-5 overtime period.
Curry scored the game-winner with 23 seconds left in the extra frame on the goal by Favaro. Junior Joseph Thielen (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Vizzo had the assists on the marker as the Colonels came away with the one-goal victory.
Curry went 0-for-4 on the power play while Wentworth finished 1-for-4. The Leopard held a slight 39-38 edge in shots.
Sophomore goaltender Vladimir Cibulka (Bratislava, Slovakia) recorded 36 saves in the win while sophomore Thomas Draper (Binghamton, N.Y.) had 34 stops in the loss.
Curry (12-3-2 overall, 7-2-1 CCC) returns to action on Friday, January 31 at the University of New England at 7:00 p.m. for its second meeting of the season. Wentworth (6-10-1 overall, 2-7-1 CCC) will travel to Nichols College for its next game on Friday at 6:40 p.m.