AMHERST, Mass. - Coming back from a 2-0 deficit in the opening 20 minutes, the UMass hockey team (4-4-3, 2-4-2 HEA) fought to a 2-2 overtime tie with Maine on Friday evening in front of 4,621 at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen extend their unbeaten streak to four games. UMass will return to action tomorrow night as the Mass Attack heads to UMass Lowell for a 7 PM faceoff.
Potting goals for UMass were Michael Pereira and Steven Guzzo in the second and third periods respectively. Jeff Teglia got the start in goal, tallying 29 saves in between the pipes.
Toot Cahoon's squad was outshot in the opening frame 13-10, as Maine's Mark Anthoine netted the game's first goal on a power play opportunity just 5:55 into the game. Brian Flynn added a second score for the Black Bears (2-6-2, 3-5-1 HEA) 12:49 into the first period, making it 2-0 heading into the first intermission.
The Minutemen cut the deficit in half when Pereira slammed home a shot right in the slot off a centering pass from Conor Sheary, 11:11 into the second frame, making it 2-1.
With relentless hacking in front of the net, Guzzo tied the score at 2-2 at the 14:51 mark of the third period with a pass from Pereira and T.J. Syner.
UMass won the battle of shots 37-31, but was 0-for-7 on the power play. Dan Sullivan recorded 35 saves in net for Maine.
UMass hits the ice tomorrow night to face the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks at 7 p.m. at the Tsongas Arena.