Massachusetts, Vermont Skate to 2-2 Draw

Sophomore defenseman Matt O'Donnell scored game-tying goal for Catamounts
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 3:16  UMA1-0 PP Cale Makar (2)Mario Ferraro/6, John Leonard/8
3rd 3:14  VER1-1 EV Derek Lodermeier (1) -
3rd 15:22  UMA2-1 EV John Leonard (5)Niko Hildenbrand/4
3rd 15:45  VER2-2 EV GT Matt O'Donnell (5)Conor O'Neil/3, Derek Lodermeier/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Massachusetts  10102
Vermont  00202
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Massachusetts  14410129
Vermont  81112233
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Massachusetts (9-9-1)  1/3 5/10 0
Vermont (4-13-4)  0/5 3/6 0
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Matt Murray (T, 3-6-1)65:002 81110231
Vermont Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Stefanos Lekkas (T, 4-12-3)65:002 1349127

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Third period goals from sophomores Derek Lodermeier and Matt O'Donnell helped the Catamounts force a 2-2 tie against the UMass Minutemen on Friday night to open a four-game homestand at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

With the tie, Vermont moves to 4-13-4 (1-7-3 HEA) on the season, while the Minutemen push their record to to 9-9-1 (3-5-1 HEA). UVM extends its unbeaten streak against Massachusetts to 11 games (9-0-2) after Friday's 70th all-time meeting.

UMass opened the scoring on a power play goal by Cale Makar at 3:16 of the first period. The Minutemen established possession in the Vermont zone with the freshman defenseman leading the way. Makar received a pass from Oliver Chau and dealt the puck to Mario Ferraro along the blue line. Ferraro returned a pass to Makar, who quickly fired a wrist shot past a screened Stefanos Lekkas (27 saves).

The Catamounts had their share of opportunities to tie the game later in the period as they earned three power play opportunities, but were unable to convert on the man-advantages.

Vermont contributed a majority of the offense in the second period, outshooting the Minutemen 11-4 in a scoreless middle frame. Ross Colton led the way for UVM with five shots on goal through the first 40 minutes, but the Catamounts trailed UMass 1-0 entering the intermission.

The Catamounts finally tied the game at 3:14 in the third period on an unassisted goal by Lodermeier for his first of the season. A miscue in the neutral zone by UMass allowed Lodermeier to spring into the offensive zone on a breakaway before snapping a shot below the blocker of rookie Matt Murray (31 saves).

UMass took back the lead with 4:38 left in regulation when John Leonard fired a shot over the glove of Lekkas off a 1-on-1 rush. Niko Hildenbrand assisted on the go-ahead goal.

O'Donnell answered 23 seconds later for the Catamounts as he buried a rebound in front of the UMass goal to force overtime. Lodermeier started the play with the puck in the corner before passing to Conor O'Neil on the doorstep. The puck trickled off the pads of Murray before O'Donnell knocked it home near the right post.

Vermont out-shot the Minutemen 2-1 in a scoreless overtime and had the session's best chance, but Jake Massie's one-timer from the slot missed the net high.

UVM returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 13) for game two of the weekend series against UMass at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.