HARTFORD, Conn. - The UConn men's hockey team got a pair of power play goals from junior Alexander Payusov (Montreal, Quebec) but two third period Maine scores produced a 2-2 tie at the XL Center on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies get three points on the weekend and improve to 3-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in Hockey East.
After a scoreless first period, Payusov ran his goal-scoring streak to four-straight games with a pair of second period tallies, both coming on the power play. The Huskies took a 2-0 lead into the third period but could keep Maine at bay.
Maine's Chase Pearson scored at the 13:00 minute mark on the power play to pull his team to within 2-1. The Black Bears pulled goaltender Jeremy Swayman with 1:55 left and found the equalizer just 33 seconds later as Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup buried a rebound to force overtime.
The Black Bears got 26 saves from Swayman in salvaging a point on the weekend and outshot the Huskies, 33-28. UConn goaltender Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) stopped 31 shots.
Neither team generated much offense in the first with five shots apiece but both had chances on the power play. The Huskies killed off three Maine power plays, including a 5-on-3 chance. UConn went 0-for-2 with the extra skater.
The UConn special teams came through in the second period as Payusov tacked on two power play goals for the Huskies. The first came when UConn got a five-minute power play after Ryan Smith was given a major and game misconduct for hitting from behind at 4:16. During that stretch, the Huskies had both a 5-on-3 and 4-on-3 chance before Payusov buried a rebound off an Evan Wisocky (Hoboken, N.J.) shot for a 1-0 lead at 7:51.
The Huskies got a late period power play and Payusov made the Black Bears pay again, burying a one-timer off a Wisocky feed at the 19:40 mark to send UConn into the second break up 2-0.
Maine's power play finally converted at the 13:00 minute mark as Pearson buried a one-timer from the right circle, burying a feed from Rob Michel.
With 1:55 left, Maine used their time-out to pull the goaltender. With the extra skater, they found the tying goal as Schmidt-Svejstrup knocked in a deflected puck that came from a shot at the point, knotting the game up a 2-2 with 1:12 left.
Maine kept the offensive pressure on, outshooting the Huskies 6-1 in the extra session with Huska keeping the game tied, 2-2 at the final horn.
The Huskies will hit the road next weekend and head up to Burlington, Vermont for a weekend Hockey East series against the Catamounts.