Murray pulls ‘Cats even with third-period tally
DURHAM, N.H. - Chris Murray (Dover, Mass.) evened the score at 10:19 of the third period and it proved to be the game-tying goal as the University of New Hampshire and fourth-ranked University of Vermont men's hockey teams skated to a 2-2 tie Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, which won the season series at 1-0-2, is now 10-7-4 overall and 8-3-3 in Hockey East. Vermont is 13-5-2, 5-4-2.
"I just thought that the crew responded this weekend and again tonight played very, very well," UNH head coach Dick Umile said. "Defensively I think this is as well as we've played. We limited shots and we played with a lot of pride. We stayed with it and battled back twice tonight to tie it up."
The Catamounts led 1-0 at the first intermission on a goal by Brady Leisenring at 6:32 of the opening stanza. Jeff Corey entered the zone at the high slot and left a drop pass for Leisenring, who wristed a shot into the upper-right corner. Slavomir Tomko, with a pass through the neutral zone, was also credited with an assist.
UNH capitalized on a 5x3 power play to tie the score, 1-1, at 3:55 of the second period. Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) pushed the puck back to Craig Switzer (Peachland, British Columbia) at the right point and he swept a pass across the blue line to Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.), who fired a high shot into the net.
The score remained tied until the Catamounts regained the lead, 2-1, with 41 seconds to play in the middle stanza. Torrey Mitchell carried the puck into the offensive zone at the right point and centered the puck to Jaime Sifers, who scored. Corey recorded his second assist of the night on the tally.
Murray pulled the Wildcats even again on a high, screened shot from the high slot. Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.), with a pass from behind the goal line, and Trevor Smith (North Vancouver, British Columbia) were credited with assists.
UNH goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) finished with 19 saves, including two in the five-minute overtime session. UVM's Joe Fallon stopped four shots in overtime and 34 overall.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 11 (7 p.m.) at Yale. UNH plays intrastate rival Dartmouth College in "Battle for the RiverStone V" at the Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, N.H.) on Jan. 14. Game time is 7 p.m.