AMHERST, Mass. – UMass’ Cory Quirk scored an extra-attacker goal with just four seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime as the 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with Hockey East foe Massachusetts on Friday night at Mullins Center. UNH moves to 9-6-4, with a 6-4-3 mark in Hockey East. UMass is now 9-8-2, 4-4-2 HE. The teams played to a 1-1 tie back on Oct. 24 in their first meeting.
Quirk’s game-tying goal was assisted by Alex Berry and Casey Wellman and came as UNH was attempting to make a game-ending clear along the defensive boards. UMass’ goal was the lone tally of the third period and came in a period in which the Wildcats held a 10-7 shot advantage.
UNH broke the scoreless deadlock at 8:44 in the second period as Kevin Kapstad (Boxboro, Mass.) stole the puck in the top of the defensive zone and made a long pass to Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) at the center of the blue line. Butler gloved the puck down and finished the 1-0 opportunity. The goal extended scoring streaks for Butler (six games - 3g, 6a) and Kapstad (seven games - 1g, 8a). UMass responded just over two minutes later as Ty Syner scored with assist from Will Ortiz at 10:49. The Wildcats regained the lead with a short-handed goal at 18:57 of the second. Netminder Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) made a stop on a Minuteman shot and played it to Nick Krates (Palos Park, Ill.), who riffled the puck out of the zone in an attempt to kill off a 5-on-3 UMass advantage. Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) skated on to the ice from the UNH bench as time expired on the first Wildcat penalty and gathered the puck at center ice, skated in all alone and netted his second short-handed goal in as many games. Sislo, who has six goals in the past three games, is first on the team in goals with 13.
In a scoreless first period, the Wildcats held an 11-10 advantage in shots. The Minutemen were 0-3 on the power play, while UNH was 0-2 in its extra-man advantages.
Foster stopped 31 shots and moves to 8-4-3 overall. UMass netminder Dan Meyers 29 shots and is now 3-3-2.
UMass was 0-7 on the power play, while the Wildcats were 0-5 in their extra-skater opportunities. The Minutemen held a slim 33-31 advantage in shots.
The teams conclude the home-and-home series on Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Whittemore Center. The game will be broadcast live on the Wildcats Sports Network (Flagship AM 1270 WTSN) with live audio, video and stats available online at www.unhwildcats.com.