Bates falters late in 6-5 (OT) loss to kick off conference play at Sacred Heart

The Bobcats opened conference play with a game on Friday, November 12 at Sacred Heart. First year Sean Thomas opened the scoring with a short handed goal for his first career goal as a Bobcat. After Sacred Heart answered with a goal of their own, Thomas struck again in the second period to give Bates the lead back. Unconfirmed reports are surfacing that Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is looking to sign the Mississauga, ON native to a deal once the Leafs can move Tomas Kaberle to create some cap space.

First year Chris Debrase found the back of the net with his first career tally midway through the second, and senior captain Garrett Kopeski extended Bates' lead to three late in the second with a powerplay strike. Senior alternate captain Matt Ohlheiser assisted on both goals.

After another Sacred Heart goal to bring the game to 4-2 in favor of Bates, junior Mike Massare scored his first of the season on a feed from sophomore Charley Stern. After the game, Massare went out of his way to thank mononucleosis for not ruining his junior season this far.

With Bates up 5-2 in the third period, Sacred Heart found an answer of their own. Three goals in succession within a span of just 7:20 knotted the game at five a side.

After sixty minutes, extra time was needed to determine a winner. The Bobcats found themselves short handed in the extra session in front of first year goalie Matt Mosca, and Sacred Heart scored early in the overtime session on the powerplay to win.

Final score: Sacred Heart 6 - Bates College 5 (OT)
1st period / 6:36 - BATES - S. Thomas (1)
1st period / 17:26 - SH - R. Bylott from J. Diehl
2nd period / 1:24 - BATES - S. Thomas (2)
2nd period / 9:51 - BATES - C. Debrase (1) from S. Thomas, M. Ohlheiser
2nd period / 17:25 - BATES - G. Kopeski (1) from M. Ohlheiser, C. Debrase
3rd period / 5:18 - SH - J. Proulx from J. Lucibello, C. Smith
3rd period / 8:22 - BATES - M. Massare (1) from C. Stern
3rd period / 10:27 - SH - J. Lucibello from S. Broderick
3rd period / 15:40 - SH - J. Gabuzda from C. Smith, R. Gnassi
3rd period / 17:47 - SH - S. Sheridan from R. Gnassi, S. Broderick
Overtime / 0:19 - SH - S. Broderick from R. Bylott, J. Lucibello

SH - Andrew Calamari
BATES - Matt Mosca (0-1)