Delaware tops Towson State in OT, 3-2 Tigers goalie Gupta sparkles in defeat

February 02, 1997|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF

The way the bodies were flying during a hockey encounter between Towson State and Delaware at the Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena last night, it appeared the grand prize for the evening was the Stanley Cup.

So even were the teams, the outcome wasn't decided through the first 60 minutes of give and take. Obviously, the top spot of the 10-team Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association was a goal worth attaining.

Finally, with more than half of a five-minute overtime gone, Paul Pipke of Delaware gained possession at the blue line and made two tricky moves to get in close and push the puck past Tiger goalie Vikram Gupta for a 3-2 victory. As uplifting as the triumph was for the visiting Blue Hens (26-1), it was a downer for Towson (20-5-1), which had a good opportunity to score late in regulation and avoid the extra session.

However, Delaware had the most chances throughout, and it was only Gupta's solid play in goal that kept his team in it.

After a scoreless first period, the teams traded goals in the first 10 minutes of the second period, Rich Navin and Zach Adams of the Tigers offsetting goals by Bret Houston and Eric Herrmann. Then it was back to 30 more minutes of slam-bang, end-to-end hockey.

Towson wore down a bit at the end as the result of going without one of its better defensemen, but coach Marshall Stevenson didn't make an issue of it. What's the use? The Tigers were on a bus by midday and headed up to New Jersey to play Rutgers late this afternoon.

Three more regular-season games and the Tigers and Delaware figure to meet in the ECHA playoffs in Newark, Del., Feb. 21-23.

"This thing hasn't been decided yet," said Towson senior defenseman Sean Kelso. Those are fighting words, Hens.

Pub Date: 2/02/97

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