|1st||9:30||UMA||1-0||EV||Niko Hildenbrand (2)||Griff Jeszka/4, Riley McDougall/2|
|2nd||1:57||UMA||2-0||PP||Austin Plevy (4)||Steven Iacobellis/4, Kurt Keats/5|
|2nd||11:17||STL||1-2||PP||Gavin Bayreuther (6)||Ben Finkelstein/7, Nolan Gluchowski/9|
|3rd||11:47||STL||2-2||EV GT||Carson Gicewicz (4)||Gavin Bayreuther/12, Alexander Dahl/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Lawrence (8-4-4)||1/6||9/29||0|
|Ryan Wischow (T, 2-3-2)||64:55||2||9||9||6||2||26|
|St. Lawrence Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Kyle Hayton (T, 8-3-4)||64:55||2||11||5||11||8||35|
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Freshman forward Niko Hildenbrand and sophomore forward Austin Plevy scored goals as Massachusetts picked up a 2-2 tie against St. Lawrence in the consolation game of the 2nd Annual Friendship Four Tournament at SSE Arena.
RESULT: Massachusetts 2, St. Lawrence 2 (OT)
LOCATION: SSE Arena (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
RECORDS: Massachusetts (3-7-2, 1-5-1 HEA); No. 19 St. Lawrence (8-4-4, 5-0-2 ECAC)
THE LEAD: University of Massachusetts jumped out with a 2-0 start before No. 19 St. Lawrence answered with a pair of its own as the teams battled to a 2-2 tie in the Friendship Four consolation game on Saturday at SSE Arena. The Saints were awarded third place in the tournament following a 2-1 shootout win.
UMass took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Freshman Griff Jeszka's initial shot was stopped by goaltender Kyle Hayton, but freshman Niko Hildenbrand was there at the net mouth to redirect the rebound at the 9:30 mark. Junior Riley McDougall earned an assist on the play, as well.
The Minutemen stretched their advantage to 2-0, 1:57 into the second. On the power play, sophomore Kurt Keats sent the puck to senior Steven Iacobellis, who found sophomore Austin Plevy at the back door with an open net. However, St. Lawrence responded with a power-play goal at the 11:17 mark. Ben Finkelstein and Nolan Gluchowski set up Gavin Bayreuther off an offensive zone faceoff win to bring the Saints to within one.
Saint Lawrence netted the equalizer 11:47 into the third period as Carson Gicewicz put the puck home from Bayreuther and Alexander Dahl amidst a scramble in front of the UMass net.
The Minutemen found themselves on the power play for the bulk of the overtime period after a major and a game misconduct were assessed to the Saints' Nolan Gluchowski at the 18:37 mark of the third. UMass generated eight shots during that span with the man advantage but were unable to find the back of the net.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- During the shootout that decided third place for the tournament, Plevy converted his attempt for the Minutemen, but goals by Mike Marnell and Drew Smolcynski gave Saint Lawrence the shootout win.
- UMass out-shot the Saints, 37-28 in the contest and both teams were 1-for-6 on the power play.
- Plevy's goal marked his team-leading fourth of the year. He now has six points (4g, 2a) in the past eight games.
- Iacobellis and Keats both notched their second assists of the Friendship Four tournament. Keats has an active four-game point scoring streak (1g, 3a) and has six points (3g, 3a) in his last seven games.
- Jeszka's assist marked his fourth of the season as he finished the tournament with a goal and an assist and now has seven points (3g, 4a) on the year to lead all UMass freshmen.
- UMass finished the night with a slight edge in faceoffs, winning 31 of 61 (50.8%), led by Iacobellis' 15-for-23 (65.2%) performance.
- Freshman Ryan Wischow made 26 saves in his eighth start of the season, while Hayton totaled 35 stops for St. Lawrence.
UP NEXT: UMass play host to No. 12/11 Notre Dame next weekend, Dec. 2-3, back home at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. Friday's contest, a 6 p.m. start, will be broadcast on ASN/NESN.