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AMHERST, Mass. (Oct. 19, 2007) - Barry Goers (Ivyland, Pa.) had a goal and an assist as UMass Lowell skated to a 2-2 draw with No. 20 Massachusetts Friday night in Hockey East action at the Mullins Center.
The River Hawks are 0-0-1 overall and 0-0-1 in Hockey East play with the tie. The Minutemen move to 1-1-1 overall and 0-0-1 in league play.
After falling behind 2-0 after one period of play, UML battled its way back with a pair of second period goals. Goers got the River Hawks on the board with a 4-on-4 tally at 4:42 of the second when he one-timed a pass in the slot from Chris Auger (Belleville, Ont.). Mike Potacco (Kinnelon, N.J.) had the second assist on the score.
Freshman defenseman Maury Edwards (Rocky Rapids, Alb.) tied the game with a blistering shot from the top of the left face off circle on a 5-on-3 power play goal at 10:27. Goers and Frank Stegnar (Toronto, Ont.) picked up the assists.
Cory Quirk (Brockton, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season at 13:56 on a 5-on-3 power play, knocking home a rebound in front of the net. P.J. Fenton (Longmeadow, Mass.) and James Marcou (Kings Park, N.Y.) had the assists.
Marcou made it 2-0 for the Minutemen with a 4-on-4 goal from the slot. UML goaltender Nevin Hamilton initially got a piece of the puck, but it founds its way past the goal line for a goal. Alex Berry (Danvers, Mass.) was credited with the assist.
Hamilton stopped 25 of 27 shots to earn the tie, the second draw of his collegiate career. Freshman Paul Dainton (Fort McMurray, Alb.) made 29 saves for the tie.
The River Hawks out-shot the Minutemen 31 to 27 for the game, including a 13-4 edge in the second period. UML also excelled in the face off circle, winning 49 of 87 (56.3%) in the circle.
"That's a good tie for us on the road with such a young team, in particular being able to come back from a 2-0 deficit," said UML head coach Blaise MacDonald. "UMass has a lot of talented players. But I give a lot of credit to our guys to stick with it. They showed a lot of resolve and fought their way back into the game. I thought we had some good chances and quite frankly thought we were going to win the game."
The two-point night is the first of Goers' career. The sophomore defenseman had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 30 games for the River Hawks last season.
"(Barry) has an enormous hockey IQ," said MacDonald. "He's a great decision maker, and plays with such a low heart-rate and poise. He was a catalyst for us tonight."
The overtime contest marked the second straight season the UML played to a draw in its season opener. Last season the River Hawks skated to a 3-3 draw at Minnesota Duluth (October 13, 2006).
The River Hawks return to the ice next Friday, October 26 for their 2007-08 home opener against Alabama Huntsville. The Minutemen host the University of Connecticut Saturday at 4:00 p.m.