No. 15 UNH hockey ties Merrimack, 1-1
Jamie Fritsch

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Freshman blueliner Jamie Fritsch (Odenton, Md.) scored the team's only goal to help the No. 15 University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a 1-1 tie against the Merrimack College Warriors on Saturday night in Hockey East action at Thom Lawler Arena.

With the tie UNH's current record is 15-10-5, 11-6-4 HE, while Merrimack moves it's record to 5-19-4, 2-15-4.

Fritsch scored the game tying goal with 5:39 remaining in the game on a wrist shot from the low slot on the power play. Junior forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) dished the puck to Fritsch from the left corner for his 21st assist of the season.

Junior forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) also assisted on the goal, picking the puck up in the neutral zone and feeding it to Winnik up the left side.

Merrimack scored at 10:33 of the opening period on a goal by freshman center Rob Ricci, his sixth goal of the season. Jordan Fox and Mickey Rego earned assists on the goal.

With 3:08 left in the first period, freshman forward Greg Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) had UNH's best chance to score as he roofed the puck over the cross-bar with the top half of the net unguarded.

Senior goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) made his first career start vs. Merrimack stopping 27 shots by the Warriors. MC goalie Patrick Watson tallied 27, including 17 saves in the first.

UNH returns to action Feb. 17 at Boston University. Game time at Agganis Arena is 7 p.m. The game will be televised by NESN. The next Wildcat home game is Feb. 18 against the Terriers. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by NHPTV, ESPNU and the NHL Network across Canada.

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