New Hampshire men's hockey ties Merrimack, 3-3

DURHAM, N.H. - Merrimack College scored two goals in the third period, the game-tying goal with 1:10 remaining in regulation, as the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team tied the Warriors, 3-3, on Saturday at the Whittemore Center.

Down by one goal with 1:20 to play, Merrimack called time out and scored on the ensuing face-off on a goal by Joey Gray, his second of the period. It appeared that Wildcat netminder Matt Carney (Bridgewater, Mass.) had the puck tied up but Gray pushed the loose puck into the net to knot the game at three goals apiece.

With the tie the Wildcats now stand at 15-4-5, 6-2-4 in Hockey East, while the Warriors are now 10-12-2, 3-8-1. Carney finished with 21 saves and Tom Welby had 27 for the Warriors.

Scoring goals for the Wildcats were seniors Matt Swain (Oakville Ontario) and Corey-Joe Ficek (Bedford, N.H.) and sophomore Jim Abbott (Mars, Penn.).

In overtime, UNH was on the power play for final 1:41 but Welby preserved the tie with several key saves. Gray's first goal of the third period came at 6:32 on an assist from John Pyliotis.

Two goals in the second period by Ficek and Abbott gave the Wildcats a 3-1 lead after two periods. Colin Hemingway (South Surrey, B.C.) and Mick Mounsey (Concord, N.H.) were credited with assists on Ficek's goal at 8:17 while Abbott's power-play goal was set up at the point by Garrett Stafford (Los Angles, Calif.) and Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario) at 13:12.

With 2:01 to go in the first, Swain tied the game, 1-1, on assists from Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.) and Kevin Truelson (Avon, Mass.). Marco Rosa opened the scoring for Merrimack at 5:03 of the first.

The Wildcats return to action next Friday when they host Northeastern at 7 p.m.


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