|1st||19:31||CON||1-0||EV||David Drake (1)||-|
|3rd||19:27||MER||1-1||EV EA||Brett Seney (2)||Kyle Singleton/1, Clayton Jardine/1|
|OT||2:52||MER||2-1||EV GW||Hampus Gustafsson (2)||Mathieu Tibbet/2, Brian Christie/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Rob Nichols (L, 0-2-1)||62:45||2||8||15||14||4||41|
|Rasmus Tirronen (W, 3-0-0)||62:19||1||8||3||6||0||17|
NO. ANDOVER, Mass. - Sophomore forward Hampus Gustafsson scored at 2:52 of overtime as Merrimack College rallied to earn a 2-1 win against UConn in Hockey East action on Saturday night at LAwler Rink.
Both sides battled through a physical first period following a pregame ceremony to honor Connecticut's first-ever conference game. The Huskies became Hockey East's 12th member this season.
Most of the first was highlighted by physical play with few golden scoring chances, but UConn managed to strike first after David Drake took away an errant Merrimack pass at the left point and fired a slapper that deflected off a Warrior skater and into the net to put the visitors up by one heading into the first intermission.
Despite outshooting the visitors by a 15-3 margin - including several outstanding looks on the only power play of the period - Merrimack still trailed by a 1-0 margin through 40 minutes of play.
Merrimack kept the trend going through most of the third, a period that saw the hosts own a 15-6 edge in shot attempts but still trail by one entering the final minutes of play.
With senior Rasmus Tirronen (Espoo, Finland) on the bench for the extra skater, Merrimack's strong forecheck kept the Huskies pinned deep, and senior Clayton Jardine (Lacombe, Alberta) poked a loose puck on the left half wall back to classmate Kyle Singleton (Beaverton, Ore.). The winger homed in on net, fired a shot that came back his way, put the rebound on net again that Rob Nichols turned away.
But waiting on the back door was Seney, who dug it out and forced it through traffic and into the twine to light up the home crowd and send the game to overtime.
Following matching minors late in regulation, both sides skated 4-on-4 to start the sudden-victory overtime session. After both penalties were killed off, junior Brian Christie (West Chester, Pa.) dumped the puck into the UConn zone with Gustafsson chasing.
The sophomore center tipped it back to rookie Mathieu Tibbet (Dover, Del.), who wasn't able to fire a shot but left it in place for Gustafsson, and the latter buried the wide-open look to send the Warriors home victors for the third time in as many tries.