UMass Hockey, #5 UNH Battle To 2-2 Tie
March 1, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. - In an evenly matched contest that featured a pair of stellar goaltending performances and late tallies by both squads, the UMass hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with #5 New Hampshire on Friday night at the Whittemore Center. The Minutemen are now 11-17-3 overall, 8-14-2 in Hockey East, while the Wildcats move to 17-8-6 on the year and 12-7-5 in conference play.
Midway through the opening period, Pereira gave UMass a 1-0 lead, putting home a rebound off a shot by junior Conor Allen 12:19 into the stanza. Junior Conor Sheary earned an assist on the play, as well, his 16th of the season.
However, at the 10:44 mark of the second period, the Wildcats evened the score on the first power play opportunity of the night for either team. After receiving the puck from Kevin Goumas, Eric Knodel sent a shot through traffic from the top of the slot that was redirected past netminder Steve Mastalerz by Matt Willows.
After successfully killing off three UNH power plays in the third period, including one minute, 21 seconds of 5-on-3, Olczyk put UMass on top with 1:05 remaining. During a flurry in front of the Wildcats' net, Olczyk stuffed in a loose puck from junior Patrick Kiley and sophomore Zack LaRue at 18:55.
However, with 3.7 seconds to play in regulation, UNH came up with the equalizer with the extra attacker on. John Henrion lunged at the puck in the crease to poke it in with Knodel and Goumas earning their second assists of the night.
Both sides had several quality chances in overtime, but were unable to solve Mastalerz and Casey DeSmith. Mastalerz totaled 32 saves for the Minutemen, while DeSmith stopped 35 for the Wildcats. The squads won 37 facesoffs apiece on the night.
UMass and UNH will close out the season series tomorrow night, Mar. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Whittemore Center.