|1st||13:42||UMA||1-0||EV||Brennan Baxandall (1)||Anthony Petrella/2, Ray Pigozzi/10|
|2nd||3:30||MER||1-1||EV||Jace Hennig (8)||Brett Seney/12, Jared Kolquist/3|
|2nd||12:52||MER||2-1||EV||Mathieu Tibbet (4)||Brett Seney/13, Kyle Singleton/3|
|2nd||19:10||MER||3-1||EV||Chris LeBlanc (4)||Brian Christie/8, Hampus Gustafsson/13|
|3rd||2:54||UMA||2-3||PP||Frank Vatrano (13)||Steven Iacobellis/12, Brandon Montour/7|
|3rd||10:01||UMA||3-3||SH||Brandon Montour (2)||Steven Iacobellis/13, Dennis Kravchenko/13|
|3rd||10:07||MER||4-3||PP||Hampus Gustafsson (7)||Chris LeBlanc/4|
|3rd||12:12||UMA||4-4||PP GT||Shane Walsh (8)||Ben Gallacher/4, Henry Dill/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Henry Dill (T, 7-9-1)||64:54||4||7||17||8||1||33|
|Rasmus Tirronen (T, 9-4-2)||65:00||4||11||13||9||5||38|
NO. ANDOVER, Mass. - Junior forward Shane Walsh scored a power-play goal at 12:12 of the third period to lift the Massachusetts Minutemen into a 4-4 tie with the Merrimack College Warriors on Friday at Lawler Rink.
After giving up a goal midway through the opening frame, Merrimack responded with an explosive second period that saw three different Warriors tickle the twine.
Freshmen Jace Hennig (Port Moody, British Columbia) and Mathieu Tibbet (Dover, Del.) turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead on back-to-back strikes before sophomore Chris LeBlanc (Winthrop, Mass.) made it a two-goal edge (3-1) thanks to a late marker with 50 seconds to go in the period.
But an early UMass power play sparked the visitors at the start of the third, as Frank Vatrano brought the visitors to within one before the Minutemen drew even on a shorthanded strike midway through the period.
Merrimack would need only six seconds to answer off the ensuing draw as sophomore Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) took a feed off the faceoff from LeBlanc and scored from the left circle to push the Warriors ahead by one, 4-3.
But the seesaw battle in the third continued just over two minutes afterward, as the Minutemen became the first team this season to score twice against the vaunted Merrimack penalty kill at 12:12 of the third, drawing both sides even at four aside with under eight to play.
For the sixth time this season, Merrimack would need extra time to settle the contest; UMass would outshoot the Warriors by a 5-1 margin in overtime, as both sides settled for a point in the league standings after the final horn sounded.
Senior Rasmus Tirronen (Espoo, Finland) moved to 9-4-2 on the year after a 38-save performance, while freshman Henry Dill stopped 33 shots while seeing his record change to 7-9-1.
Inside The Numbers
- Freshman Brett Seney (London, Ontario) notched a two-point night with a pair of assists, while classmate Jared Kolquist (Hermantown, Minn.), senior Kyle Singleton (Beaverton, Ore.) and sophomore Brian Christie (West Chester, Pa.) also had helpers for the hosts
- Merrimack was outshot for the seventh straight game and surrendered 40 shots on goal for the fourth time this year, as UMass finished with a 42-37 edge in shot attempts
- UMass defenseman Brandon Montour tallied a pair of points (1g, 1a) for the Minutemen, joining forward Steven Iacobellis in that category
- The Minutemen went 2-for-7 on the man advantage, while Merrimack's power play scored for the third straight game while finishing 1-for-5
- Merrimack was strong on the faceoff dot, winning 46-of-71 (64.8%) of the draws, with Gustafsson and junior Vinny Scotti (Vineland, N.J.) winning 14 faceoffs each
Notes and Notables
Friday's game was the first time that Merrimack did not win at home when it had a two-goal lead since a 4-3 loss at Lawler Rink against Vermont on Feb. 14, 2009. The Warriors had a 2-0 lead in that game before ultimately falling, 4-3.
Merrimack and UMass conclude their weekend series tomorrow night at the Mullins Center, with puck drop set for 7 p.m.