BOSTON, MA -- Four times the top ranked team in the country has visited Matthews Arena. Four times that team has failed to defeat the host Northeastern Huskies. The Wildcats of New Hampshire fell into that trend as they left Matthews with a 3-3 tie. New Hampshire¹s Jason Shipulski scored his second goal of the game with 47 seconds left in the third period to knot the game.
New Hampshire grabbed the early lead at 4:17 of the first when a Husky clearing pass deflected right onto the stick Shipulski who lifted it over the shoulder of NU netminder Jason Braun. The Huskies tied the game with only five seconds remaining before intermission when Jim Fahey found a seam in the UNH defense and fired a guided missile past UNH goalie Ty Conklin to tie the game at 1-1.
The second session saw UNH¹s Matt Swain bat a pass from Dan Enders out of the air and past Braun to put the Wildcats up 2-1. The third period saw the Huskies respond with 9:37 remaining, as Ryan Zoller scored for the second time this season off a pass from Willie Levesque. Northeastern would take the lead with 7:47 when Zoller¹s shot went wide, but bounced off the end boards right to Chris Lynch in front, who smashed it through Conklin to put the Huskies up 3-2.
With Conklin pulled for the extra attacker, Shipulski wrapped the puck past Braun to garner the tie for the Wildcats. The overtime period saw each team take two shots.
For the game, NU outshot UNH by a 39-27 margin, and a 10-4 count in the third period. The tie drops UNH (18-3-2, 10-1-2) into a tie for first place in Hockey East with Boston University. Northeastern remains in sole possession of third place with a record of 11-8-3, and 7-4-3 in league play.