Ayers Backstops UNH to 2-2 tie with Maine

ORONO, Maine -- Peter Metcalf (Pembroke, Mass.) scored on a blast from the blueline at 6:38 of the third period to tie the game as the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire skated to a 2-2 tie in a Hockey East showdown before a sold-out crowd of 5,641 at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. The Black Bears are 16-7-5, 10-3-3 in Hockey East play with the tie, while UNH finishes the weekend with a record of 19-5-3, 11-3-3 in conference play.

UNH opened the scoring at 9:21 of the first period when David Bush (Toronto, Ontario) scored on the power play from Tim Horst (So. St. Paul, Minn.) and Kevin Truelson (Avon, Mass.) The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. It was the first time in 32 games that Maine had trailed after one period of play. UNH took a two-goal lead at 11:25 of the second period when Patrick Foley (Milton, Mass.) beat UMaine netminder Mike Morrison (Medford, Mass.). Truelson and Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) assisted on the goal.

The Black Bears swung the momentum back their way when Tom Reimann (Blaine, Minn.) scored with just 15 second remaining in the second period. Matt Greyeyes (Edmonton, Alberta) made a nice pass to Niko Dimitrakos (Somerville, Mass.) who found Reimann. Reimann beat UNH netminder Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass). Less than 24 hours after being taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with a deep cut on the top of his left wrist, Ayers started in net for the Wildcats. Maine tied the game when Ben Murphy (North Andover, Mass.) won a faceoff and found Metcalf at the blueline.

The Black Bears outshot UNH 35-25, including 17-6 in the third period. Maine, who scored four power play goals on Friday night, had a man-advantage for just 14 second on Saturday. UNH scored one power play goal on three chances.

Mike Morrison turned away 23 shots in net for Maine and has an overall record of 13-2-3. Ayers made a career-high 33 saves in net and is 10-2-1 on the season.

The Black Bears return to action on Friday, February, 8th, when they travel to Boston College for a 7:00 tilt, while the Wildcats host Providence on Sunday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m.

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