|2nd||1:19||UMA||1-0||EV||Kurt Keats (3)||Jake Horton/2, Joseph Widmar/2|
|2nd||12:16||MER||1-1||EV GT||Aaron Titcomb (1)||Brett Seney/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Nic Renyard (T, 4-2-4)||65:00||1||8||8||12||2||30|
|Collin Delia (T, 6-1-4)||65:00||1||3||7||10||2||22|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The 13th-ranked Merrimack College men's ice hockey team picked up another point in the league standings and clinched the season series against the University of Massachusetts after skating to a 1-1 draw against the Minutemen on Saturday night at Lawler Rink.
Score: Merrimack 1, Massachusetts 1 (F/OT)
Records: #13/13 Merrimack (6-1-4, 2-1-4 HEA) | #RV/RV Massachusetts (6-3-4, 2-2-4 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
After claiming three points last weekend - including two that came from a 4-2 road win at UMass last Friday night - the Warriors welcomed the Minutemen to campus to close out the season series.
Merrimack limited UMass to only three shots on net in the opening period and recorded eight of its own, but neither side found the back of the net after 20 minutes.
The Minutemen grabbed the lead just over a minute into the period after Kurt Keats ricocheted a shot from the point that eluded the reach of sophomore Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), but Merrimack drew even about 10 minutes later.
Off a faceoff, sophomore Aaron Titcomb (Charlestown, Mass.) skated with the puck from the right-wing half boards, carried it near the goal line before maneuvering his way into the slot. From there, he slid a backhand shot past UMass netminder Nic Renyard to level the contest at 1-1.
Penalties by both teams muddied up the end of the second frame; UMass went to a minute-long 5-on-4 power play before a penalty against the Minutemen resulted in 4-on-4 action. But less than a minute after that, another Merrimack penalty led to a brief 4-on-3 Minutemen advantage, and then both sides skated 4-on-4 through the remainder of the period before UMass went back to a 5-on-4 advantage for the final seven seconds of the period, and that power play carried into the third.
Still tied at 1-1, Merrimack killed off the remaining 1:15 of the UMass power play to start the final frame. The Warriors had the only man advantage of the third, but neither side would light the lamp despite a combined 22 shots on target, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra frame, both teams produced two shot attempts, although the Minutemen had the more dangerous of the chances over the final five minutes. Ultimately, the two schools settled for the tie and a point in the league standings, while the Warriors moved to 0-0-4 in four overtime games this season.
How They Scored
UMass #1 (P2/1:19) - Keats tips in a point shot from Horton that took a wicked bounce through the slot and into the far side of the net past an outstretched Delia.
Merrimack #1 (P2/12:16) - Seney wins the faceoff backwards diagonally to the right; Titcomb collects the puck near the half boards, skates it to the bottom of the circle before cutting back into the middle of the slot and sending a backhand shot to the far side of Renyard for his first career goal.
Inside The Numbers
- Titcomb's first career goal came in his 37th career game, while sophomore Brett Seney (London, Ontario) moved into a tie for the team lead in scoring (10) after recording his eighth assist of the year
- Merrimack held UMass to only 23 shots on net, marking the seventh time in 11 games that an opponent was held to 25 shots or fewer; the Warriors had 31 shots on net of their own
- Both sides went a combined 0-for-8 on the power play, while Merrimack finished 0-for-3
- Delia recorded 23 stops while moving to 6-1-4 on the season; Renyard turned away 30 and improved to 4-2-4
Merrimack returns to action after Thanksgiving with a matchup against its third ECAC opponent of the year, as the Warriors welcome Union College to campus next Saturday (Nov. 28) for a 4 p.m. puck drop.