AMHERST, Mass. - The UConn Huskies found their way back into the win column as they took down UMass friday night in overtime by a final of 4-3. Freshman Jake Percival added a goal alongside junior Hudson Schandor who scored two goals including the tying goal to force overtime where Chase Bradley would end it for the Huskies with 13 seconds left.
The Huskies got on the board first 15 minutes into the game as Justin Pearson found Hudson Schandor who tipped the puck right over the should of netminder Henry Graham for the goal. UMass answered shortly after to tie the game at one heading into the period break. Freshman Arsenii Sergeev made 14 saves in the period.
The second period was a defensive battle early as the Minutemen controlled the puck in the UConn zone forcing the Huskies defense and freshman Arsenii Sergeev to make key plays. UConn took the lead midway through the second period when freshman Jake Percival found the deflection off a Ty Amonte shot. Freshman Arsenii Sergeev made 10 saves to preserve the UConn lead heading into the break.
In the third period UMass found the tying goal early in the third period as Lucas Mercuri was left in front to put home the rebound. Following a hooking penalty on freshman Samu Salminen, the minutemen took the lead with 9:56 left in the third period. The Huskies found the equalizer late in the third period as Hudson Schnador scored his second of the night to tie the game at three. The game would head to overtime with neither team able to score the game winning goal in regulation.
In overtime, both teams had a to end the game but big saves by both netminders kept the game tied. With under 20 seconds reamining in overtime, Chase Bradley corralled the loose puck in front of the UConn bench and skated into the offensive zone before firing a shot right past Henry Graham to seal the win for the Huskies.
The minutemen outshot the Huskies 37-24 but UConn was able to score when it counted. With the win, the Huskies improve to 14-7-3 overall.
The Huskies will wrap up game 2 of the series with the Minutemen Saturday January 21 at the Toscano Family Ice Forum in Storrs, Connecticut. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:35 and can be streamed on ESPN+.