Massachusetts And Merrimack Battle To 4-4 Tie
Junior forward Shane Walsh scores game-tying goal for Minutemen

Junior forward Shane Walsh scored the game-tying goal for the Minutemen
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 13:42  UMA1-0 EV Brennan Baxandall (1)Anthony Petrella/2, Ray Pigozzi/10
2nd 3:30  MER1-1 EV Jace Hennig (8)Brett Seney/12, Jared Kolquist/3
2nd 12:52  MER2-1 EV Mathieu Tibbet (4)Brett Seney/13, Kyle Singleton/3
2nd 19:10  MER3-1 EV Chris LeBlanc (4)Brian Christie/8, Hampus Gustafsson/13
3rd 2:54  UMA2-3 PP Frank Vatrano (13)Steven Iacobellis/12, Brandon Montour/7
3rd 10:01  UMA3-3 SH Brandon Montour (2)Steven Iacobellis/13, Dennis Kravchenko/13
3rd 10:07  MER4-3 PP Hampus Gustafsson (7)Chris LeBlanc/4
3rd 12:12  UMA4-4 PP GT Shane Walsh (8)Ben Gallacher/4, Henry Dill/1
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Massachusetts  10304
Merrimack  03104
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Massachusetts  121312542
Merrimack  7209137
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Massachusetts (7-16-1)  2/7 6/12 1
Merrimack (13-7-3)  1/5 8/16 0
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Henry Dill (T, 7-9-1)64:544 7178133
Empty Net0:060      
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Rasmus Tirronen (T, 9-4-2)65:004 11139538

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.

Up Next

Merrimack and UMass conclude their weekend series tomorrow night at the Mullins Center, with puck drop set for 7 p.m.