Massachusetts And New Hampshire Skate To 2-2 Tie
Senior forward Shane Walsh scores game-tying goal for Minutemen

Senior forward Shane Walsh scored the game-tying goal for the Minutemen
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 10:19  UNH1-0 EV Andrew Poturalski (8)Cameron Marks/6, Tyler Kelleher/14
2nd 2:04  UMA1-1 EV Kurt Keats (2)Carmine Buono/1, Patrick Lee/3
2nd 7:31  UNH2-1 EV Matias Cleland (1)Tyler Kelleher/15, Andrew Poturalski/10
3rd 11:51  UMA2-2 EV GT Shane Walsh (9)Ray Pigozzi/8, Ivan Chukarov/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Massachusetts  01102
New Hampshire  11002
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Massachusetts  3513324
New Hampshire  8148232
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Massachusetts (6-3-3)  0/2 3/6 0
New Hampshire (3-4-3)  0/2 3/6 0
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Nic Renyard (T, 4-2-3)64:552 7138230
Empty Net0:050      
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Daniel Tirone (T, 1-4-3)64:412 3412322
Empty Net0:190      

DURHAM, N.H. -- Sophomore forward Andrew Poturalski (Williamsville, N.Y.) and junior forward Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) both recorded two points to lead the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Friday night's 2-2 Hockey East tie against the University of Massachusetts at the Whittemore Center.

UNH remains unbeaten in Hockey East at 1-0-3 and moves to 3-4-3 overall. UMass is now 6-3-3 overall and 2-2-3 in the league. The Wildcats finished with a 32-24 shot advantage and both teams went o-for-2 on the power play.

Poturalski tallied a goal and an assist while Kelleher finished with two assists. Matias Cleland (Longmont, Colo.) netted UNH's other goal. Danny Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.) made 12 of his 22 saves in the third period and stopped all three shots in the five-minute overtime session.

Kurt Keats and Shane Walsh scored for UMass. Nic Renyard made 30 saves, including 13 in the middle stanza and two in OT.

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UMass had a dangerous scoring chance nine minutes into the game when Ryan Badger carried the puck into the left circle and snapped a centering pass to the slot, where Maddison Smiley blasted a one-timer that was stopped by Tirone.

One minute later at the other end of the ice, Shane Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.) fired a shot from the left faceoff dot blocked by Renyard and Jamie Hill (Glassboro, N.J.), positioned in the low slot, shoveled a shot off the rebound into the UMass netminder.

The Wildcats scored on the ensuing faceoff, however, to take a 1-0 lead at 10:19. Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.), who entered the game as the national leader in both assists per game and points per game, touched the puck back to Cameron Marks (North Vancouver, British Columbia) at the right point. Marks' slap shot was sailing wide of the far post but Poturalski, charging down the slot, slapped the puck into the open left side of the net for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.

UNH had another scoring chance on an offensive zone faceoff in the 14th minute, when Eiserman skated onto a loose puck in the slot and wristed a shot into Renyard's torso.

Moments later in UMass' offensive zone, Keats intercepted a pass in the slot, but his shot was blocked by John Furgele (Glen Mills, Pa.) over the cage. The Wildcats quickly moved the puck up-ice and, from the right point, Matt Dawson (Delta, British Columbia) blasted a slap shot through traffic but Renyard trapped the puck against his body for the save.

UNH led 1-0 at the first intermission with an 8-3 shot advantage.

UMass leveled the score, 1-1, at 2:04 of the second period. Patrick Lee skated the puck into the right circle. He lost possession and a Wildcat defender backhanded the puck away from the net, but Carmine Buono corralled the puck in the slot. He slipped a pass to the left and Keats lifted a shot into the open near side of the net.

Both teams were whistled for a minor penalty at 7:16 and New Hampshire regained the lead, 2-1, just 15 seconds later. From deep in the left circle, Cleland snapped Kelleher's pass from behind the net into the upper-right corner at 7:31. Poturalski was also credited with an assist.

Renyard kept the Minutemen within one goal in the 10th minute when he denied Marcus Vela (Burnaby, British Columbia) and then stoned Chris Miller (Windham, N.H) off the rebound.

Two minutes later, Denni Kravchen skated down the slot and redirected a shot that Tirone sticked aside.

With 4:30 left in the second stanza, Hill circled behind the net and threw the puck to the left doorstep, where Eiserman's one-timer was stopped by Renyard. The 'Cats sustained pressure and Hill's backhander from deep on the left wing ricocheted off the near post.

There was a faceoff to Tirone's right with just over a minute on the clock won by Badger back to Anthony Petrella, who settled the puck and snapped a low shot toward the far post that forced Tirone to extend his left leg pad for the save.

New Hampshire led 2-1 through 40 minutes with a 22-8 shot advantage.

In the sixth minute of the third period, Harry Quast (Mullica Hills, N.J.) fired a slap shot from the left point that Renyard knocked down. Correale, while falling down in the slot, collected the puck and shoveled a shot wide of the right post.

UMass tied the score, 2-2, at 11:51. Ivan Chukarov initiated the scoring sequence with a diagonal pass from the left point to Ray Pigozzi, whose shot from the right faceoff circle was saved by Tirone. Walsh extended his stick into the crease to jam the puck into the open net.

The Wildcats were whistled for tripping at 1:42 of the extra session and immediately called time out. The penalty kill did not yield a shot before UMass committed an obstruction interference penalty at 3:28.

The teams skated 4-on-4 for 15 seconds before UNH went on the power play at 3:42, but the 'Cats did not record a shot the rest of the way.