No. 11 New Hampshire hockey skates to 3-3 tie with UMass-Lowell

DURHAM, N.H. - The line of Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.), Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) and Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Man.) produced a pair of third-period goals to lift the 11th-ranked University of New Hampshire hockey team to Saturday night's 3-3 Hockey East tie vs. the University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, which also skated to a 3-3 tie at UMass-Lowell on Friday, is now 16-10-5 overall and 8-6-5 in Hockey East. UML is 8-18-6, 5-9-4.

The Wildcats faced a 3-1 deficit at the start of the third period but Callander (goal, two assists), standing in front of the net, redirected Micflikier's centering pass into an open net just 49 seconds into the final frame. Hemingway, who also set up Callander's tally, netted the game-tying goal at 6:19 as his diving effort in the low slot redirected the puck under the crossbar.

New Hampshire recorded a 9-1 shot advantage in the third period but could not break the deadlock. Both teams registered one shot in the five-minute overtime session.

UNH goaltender Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) finished with 18 saves while UML goalie John Yaros stopped 28 shots.

UML led 2-1 through one period as all three goals were scored on the power play. Elias Godoy (goal, assist) gave the River Hawks a 1-0 lead at 1:51 on a shot from the left doorstep. Justin Aikins (South Surrey, B.C.) tied the game when his shot from the high slot sailed through traffic and into the net. Andrew Martin put the visitors back in front, 2-1, at 10:46 on a shot from the top of the crease.

UMass-Lowell netted its third power-play goal of the game at 5:52 of the second period to take a 3-1 advantage. The initial shot by Ben Walter (three assists) was turned aside but Cleve Kinley scored off the rebound.

New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 22 at home vs. Northeastern. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 4 p.m.

 

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