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Nazareth stuns #10/11 Utica in OT to earn ECAC west victory

By UTICA ATHLETICS

Rochester, N.Y. (WKTV) – Nazareth College's Scott Dawson netted the game-winner 3:22 into the overtime period to help lift the host Golden Flyers to a 2-1 upset win over nationally-ranked No. 10/11 Utica College in ECAC Men's West Conference action Friday night. 

The Pioneers jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in the first period, but host Naz scored two unanswered goals to knock off the Pioneers for the first time in program-history. 

UC's record moved to 10-4-2 overall and 5-2-1 in conference play, while Nazareth improved to 4-12-1 overall and 1-6-1 in the highly competitive ECAC West.  The Golden Flyers have now won two in a row and three of their last five, while Utica is 2-2-2 since returning from the semester break. 

The Pioneers will have no time rest as they take on visiting Hamilton College at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Saturday night at 7 p.m.  The local rivalry is expected to sell out at the Aud and fans can catch all the action on ESPN Radio 99.1 FM (www.espnur.com), WPNR 90.7 FM or online at www.empire8.tv.

UC's Jon Gaffney (Dover, NJ/Springfield Blues (NAHL)) got the Pioneers on the board early in the first period when he registered his sixth goal of the season off an assist from freshman Luc Boby (Chicago, IL/Kalamazoo (NAHL)) just 5:04 into the game. Less than four full minutes later the home team netted the equalizer when Jordan Ciccarello and Mark Zavorin connected with Tom Seravalli for his seventh goal of the season to knot the score at 1-1 at the nine minute marker.

Both teams were held scoreless for the remainder of regulation and the Golden Flyers took the victory when Dawson lit the lamp 3:22 into the extra frame. Travis Hill and Ben Blasko registered the assists on the game-winning goal to lift Nazareth. 

UC outshot the home team, 35-29, but the Pioneers could not convert on the power-play, going 0-for-7 with an extra skater advantage.  Utica outshot Naz 10-4 in the third period but the Pioneers could not get a puck to past the goal line in the 20 minute stretch. 

Pioneer senior goalie Nick Therrien (Rochester, NH/NY Apple Core (EJHL)) stopped 27 shots on the evening while Naz goalie Ed Zdolshek made 34 stops in his third win of the season.

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