STORRS, Conn. - Junior Carter Turnbull (Nanaimo, British Columbia) scored the overtime game-winner to complete a hat-trick and deliver the UConn Huskies a 6-5 win over visiting New Hampshire Friday afternoon at the Freitas Ice Forum.
The Huskies grab the extra point and improve to 4-5-1 overall and get their first Hockey East overtime win on the season. UNH falls to 3-6-1 with the loss and is now 2-2 in overtime this season.
Turnbull scored twice in the first period and then buried the game-winner 57 seconds into the overtime to record the first hat-trick of his UConn career. Sophomore Vladislav Firtsov (Yaroslavl, Russia) had a four-point afternoon, scoring twice and assisting on two others in the win.
After a 3-3 first period, UConn built a 5-3 lead into the third period before a late push by UNH to tie the game up. Ryan Verrier scored at 15:22 in the third and then with an empty net Filip Engaras scored the tying goal with 35 seconds left to play to send the game to overtime.
UConn's Jachym Kondelik (Budejovice, Czech Republic) picked-up his third assist on the night in the overtime, winning face-off in the zone and senior Adam Karashik (Ridgefield, Conn.) fed Turnbull for the game-winner. Junior Jonny Evans (North Delta, British Columbia) had a goal and an assist while defensemen Roman Kinal (Waterford, Mich) and John Spetz (Oak Ridge, N.J.) each had a pair of assists.
Junior goaltender Tomas Vomacka (Trutnov, Czech Republic) made 28 saves to earn the win.
For UNH, Verrier had a goal and an assist on the Engaras game-tying goal. Jackson Pierson and Lucas Herrmann each finished with a goal and an assist as well. Goaltender Mike Robinson had 28 saves.
A wild first period saw both teams put three goals on the board including three on the power play. UNH scored the game's first at 4:51 as Herrmann capitalized on a 2-on-1 chance for the Wildcats, snapping one past Vomacka for his first of the season.
The Huskies tied it up on Turnbull's first of the day, coming on the power play at 7:10. The puck cycled to the Turbull at the top of the left circle and his initial shot was blocked. He collected the rebound in the slot and buried it to tie it up at 1-1. UNH jumped back in front just over two minutes later, scoring their first to two power play goals in the first. Luke Reid sent a shot from the high traffic that found its way through a ton of traffic and in for his first of the year at 9:59.
The Huskies answered with two-straight as Firstov tied it at 2-2 with his first of the day at 14:48. Taking a feed from Evans up the left wing and snipping one to the top corner, stick side for his first on the year. Turnbull made it 3-2 at 18:28, scoring on a near impossible angle. After carrying into the zone and up the right wing he threw the puck on net and it squirted by Robinson who was set up on the post for his second on the day and fourth of the season.
The Wildcats closed the scoring in the first as Pierson buried a one-timer chance on the power play, scoring from the right circle off a feed from Patrick Grasso at 19:07.
UConn scored their second power play goal of the game early in the second as Fristov notched his second of the day as well. Spetz slid the puck to Firstov in the right circle and he buried the one-timer chance for a 4-3 lead at 2:47.
The Huskies took a two-goal lead just 3:05 into the final stanza as Evans scored his fourth of the season. UConn won a face-off in the UNH zone and the puck went to Kinal at the high point who got a shot in deep. Off the save, Evans found the puck deep and jammed it just inside the left post to make it 5-3 UConn.
The Wildcats pulled back to within a goal at 15:22 as Verrier scored his first on the season. UNH kept the puck in the zone and cycled to Verrier on the right side who fired one low through traffic to beat Vomacka and make it a one-goal game. Pulling the goaltender with just over two-minutes to play, the Wildcats found the equalizer with 35 seconds left as Engaras got to the front of the net and was able to knock in a rebound of a Verrier shot to send the game to overtime and grab a point.
The Huskies got a face-off in the UNH zone and Kondelik won the puck to Karashik who controlled it and carried behind the net. The senior captain found Turnbull who let go a quick one-timer to send the Huskies home winners.
The Huskies and Wildcats will close out their weekend series on Saturday with a 5 pm match-up from the Whittemore Center.