MANCHESTER, N.H. - Nathan Martz (Chilliwack, B.C.) scored an extra-skater goal with 1:09 remaining in regulation to lift the second-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Tuesday night's 2-2 Hockey East tie against third-ranked Boston College at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
UNH, which is unbeaten in the last eight meetings against BC (6-0-2), is now 6-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in league play. The Eagles are 5-2-2, 2-0-1.
The Wildcats called time out with 1:30 remaining in regulation and pulled goaltender Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) in favor of an extra skater. Martz pushed the puck into the net from the left doorstep to tie the score, 2-2, at 18:51. Justin Aikins (South Surrey, B.C.) was credited with an assist.
Ayers finished with 34 saves, including six -- many from close range -- in the five-minute overtime session. BC goalie Matti Kaltiainen stopped 19 shots, including one in OT when he denied Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) in a 2-on-1 breakaway.
BC scored the only goal of the first period to take a 1-0 lead when Patrick Eaves scored on his own rebound deep in the left circle at 3:46.
The Eagles also scored the lone goal of the middle stanza. Ryan Shannon won a faceoff in the neutral zone, skated unchecked into the right circle and wristed a shot inside the near post to increase the lead to 2-0 at 3:36.
UNH, which was outshot 22-9 through two periods, rallied to tie the game with a pair of third-period tallies. Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored his seventh goal of the season from the right circle at 6:46. Robbie Barker (Concord, N.H.), whose initial shot from the left point sailed wide of the near post, and Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) set up the power-play goal.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 14 (7 p.m.) at Providence College. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 22 vs. Northeastern University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.