Sophomore Cory Quirk has goal and assist for Minutemen
Sophomore Cory Quirk had a goal and an assist for the Minutemen.
AMHERST, Mass.-- UMass Hockey settled for a 3-3 tie on Saturday night versus Clarkson University. The Minutemen (1-0-1, 0-0-0 HEA) received goals from P.J. Fenton, Chris Davis and Cory Quirk, while Jon Quick made 27 saves against the Golden Knights (3-0-1, 0-0-0 ECACHL), who are receiving votes in the USA Today Division I poll.
The Mass Attack wasted no time in getting on the board, scoring just 1:39 into the contest. Fenton was credited with the tally, his first of the season and second point in as many nights. Quirk circled behind the Clarkson net and passed the puck up to Fenton at the bottom of the near circle, who's shot beat goalie David Leggio on the glove side for the 1-0 score.
The Golden Knights' David Cayer tied it all up with a power play goal at 5:57, assisted by Nick Dodge. With Quirk in the box for hooking, Dodge's pass from the top of the slot found Cayer just to the right of UMass netminder Quick. The shot was lifted behind the home goalie to make it a 1-1 game.
The teams exchanged goals in the second, both on the power play. Clarkson's Dodge notched his second point of the game at 11:03, assisted by Philippe Paquet and Cayer for the 2-1 lead. But UMass' Davis answered with his own extra-attacker goal at 12:13 to even it all back up. Mark Matheson had the initial shot from the blueline, but Davis tipped it at the top of the crease for his first goal of the season. Matt Anderson also assisted on the play that made it a 2-2 game.
Quirk regained the lead for the Minutemen at 6:08 of the third with his first goal of 2006-07. The sophomore stayed with the Clarkson defense in front of their own net and stripped a player of the puck. Quirk deked and beat the goalie stick side for the 3-2 score.
The Golden Knights tied it up for the second time in the game at 9:50 with a goal by Tim Marks. It was assisted by Shea Guthrie and Chris D'Alvise. Guthrie was able to work the puck from behind the UMass net before passing it up to a waiting Marks at the crease.
Neither team would regain the lead in the third, forcing overtime. Clarkson was afforded 15 second of power play to close out the OT, but the teams ended the contest tied at three apiece.
Overall, shots were 34-30 UMass. Clarkson was 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Minutemen were 1-for-7.
Massachusetts now faces a bye week before opening conference play against New Hampshire on October 26. It closes up that weekend at Maine on October 28.