SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — American International College led after one period of play, but had to come from behind twice to skate past Holy Cross, 4-3, in overtime.
Freshman Trent Ulmer netted the gamewinning goal with just 1.6 seconds left in the overtime period.
The win gives the Yellow Jackets two crucial points, giving them 17 for the season to remain in a sixth-place tie with Sacred Heart (4-1 winners over Fairfield tonight), and gives them a three-point cushion over eighth-place Army (5-4 losers at Bentley) and a four-point gap over
Fairfield and Holy Cross for ninth place.
AIC took a 1-0 lead 12:04 into the game as sophomore Andy Luhovy netted his seventh goal of the season, and ninth point in over the last four games.
Holy Cross erased the lead seven minutes into the second period as freshman Greg Kealey netted a power-play goal. Kealey gave the Crusaders their first lead of the night with another goal at 16:19 of the second period.
AIC answered with 1:02 remaining in the second stanza with a goal from Olivier Gagnon off a length-of-the-ice pass from freshman Guillaume Caron.
Holy Cross took a 3-2 lead just 1:39 into the third period with a goal from sophomore Brandon Doria.
Gagnon and Caron connected again with 2:16 left in regulation to send the contest into overtime.
Senior goaltender Chance Thede was sensational in goal, recording 48 saves to preserve the win for AIC, while freshman Rick Massey recorded 28 saves in the losing effort.
AIC (8-14-1, 8-9-1 MAAC) returns to action tomorrow night, when they travel to Waltham, Mass., to face Bentley College in MAAC Hockey League action at 7:30 p.m. Holy Cross (6-17-1, 6-11-1 MAAC) travels to Sacred Heart University tomorrow for face-off at 5 p.m.