Saturday, February 20, 2016

#9 BU and UNH Skate to 3-3 Tie

Senior Maxim Gaudreault
Game-Tying Goal
Sophomore Michael McNicholas
2nd Goal in Last 3 Games
Junior Jamie Hill
3rd Goal of Season

DURHAM, NH - In one of the most exciting games of the year, the UNH Wildcats were able to take home a point against a difficult BU Terrier opponent.

After an even and scoreless first period, the scoring started quickly in the second period. Just 12 seconds into the period, Danny O’Regan ripped a shot from the slot past Danny Tirone to give BU a 1-0 lead.

At 6:41 of the second period, O’Regan lit the lamp again on a beautiful one-timer off a pass from Matt Grzelcyk to make the score 2-0 Terriers.

Just forty seconds later, UNH’s Jamie Hill found himself on a breakaway where he tucked the puck in the 5-Hole to cut the lead in half at 2-1 at 7:21 of the second.

Michael McNicholas would tie it up 2-2 at 10:01 of the second on a power play goal after slapping home a pass from Andrew Poturalski. The Wildcats had battled back in less than four minutes.

At the end of the second period, UNH was faced with the challenge of killing off a five minute major after Shane Eiserman received a game misconduct for a boarding call. UNH was able to kill off the penalty late in the second and early in the third period giving them momentum going forward.

While the battle went back and forth in the third, BU took the lead on O’Regan’s third goal of the game with 2:32 left in regulation. It looked like UNH would lose yet another one goal game.

The Wildcats wouldn’t back down. Senior Alternate Captain Maxim Gaudreault poked home a rebound just 35 seconds after BU scored at 18:03 and tied the game 3-3. UNH was throwing shots towards the goal in the waning minutes and found a rebound to put to the back of the net.

UNH and BU traded opportunities in overtime, but neither was able to take home the victory and the Wildcats took home a point and their 6th tie of the season. BU outshot UNH 37 to 19, but the Wildcats stayed close in scoring chances all night.

The two teams will faceoff again Saturday night at Agganis Arena at 7:00PM.

Here are the video highlights courtesy of UNH Athletics:


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