UMass Hockey Fights Back To Tie Maine, 2-2
Nov. 16, 2012
ORONO, Maine - With the extra attacker on, junior Conor Allen netted the equalizer with 1:08 remaining in regulation to help the UMass hockey team battle back from a two-goal deficit to tie Maine, 2-2 at Alfond Arena on Friday night. The Minutemen are now 3-4-1 overall and 2-4-1 in Hockey East, while the Black Bears move to 2-9-1 on the year and 1-5-1 in conference play.
Redshirt sophomore Steven Guzzo also scored for the Minutemen, his third of the season, and is now tied for the team lead in goals and points, as well, with six. Junior Troy Power's assist extended his point scoring streak to three straight games, while classmate Conor Sheary logged his squad-best fifth helper of the year.
Maine opened the scoring with a quick goal off a faceoff win in UMass' zone 7:39 into the contest. Devin Shore won the draw and sent the puck to Mark Nemec in the slot for low shot that found its way past netminder Kevin Boyle.
The Black Bears then increased the margin to 2-0 less than two minutes later. On a 4-on-3 power play, Ben Hutton and Kyle Beattie set up Jake Rutt's first career tally at 9:21.
With just over five minutes to play in the second period, the Minutemen halved their deficit while extending their power play scoring streak to eight straight games to begin the year. Off a pass from junior Colin Shea just inside the UMass blueline, Power skated into the Maine zone and centered the puck for Guzzo. Off a rebound from his own shot, Guzzo buried the puck from close range 14:54 into the frame.
Despite several quality chances throughout the third period, the Minutemen still trailed the Black Bears heading into the final two minutes of regulation. Just three seconds after Boyle exited the ice, Allen put home the tying goal with senior Rocco Carzo and Sheary collecting the assists at 18:52.
UMass out-shot Maine on the evening, 32-29, as Maine goaltender Martin Ouellette totaled 30 saves and Boyle finished with 27 for the Minutemen. On the power play, UMass was 1-for-3 in the contest, while Maine was 1-for-5.
The Minutemen will continue their busy stretch of three games in five days with a matchup against UMass Lowell on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at home in the Mullins Center.