OXFORD, Ohio - Junior assistant captain Patrick Grasso (Ankeny, Iowa) and junior defenseman Max Gildon (Plano, Texas) each posted one goal and one assist for two points as the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team tied Miami, 4-4, on Saturday evening at the Steve "Coach" Cady Arena. The Wildcats start the season 1-0-1, while the RedHawks are now 0-2-1. Grasso tied the game at 4-4 with just 5:46 left in the third period with a power play goal.
UP NEXT: The Wildcats will continue their season-opening five game road trip when they travel to Waltham, Mass., to take on Atlantic Hockey opponent Bentley on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Bentley Arena.
Score: New Hampshire 4, Miami 4 (OT)
Location: Oxford, Ohio (Steve "Coach" Cady Arena)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- At 9:02 of the first period, sophomore Angus Crookshank (North Vancouver, British Columbia) scored on a power play goal for his first goal of the season. Crookshank tipped a wrist shot by Gildon from the point to the back of the net. Grasso also recorded an assist on the goal.
- Miami outshot UNH, 10-6, while the Wildcats went 1-1 on the power play and the RedHawks went 0-1.
- The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead when junior Kohei Sato (Nishitokyo, Japan) scored on a breakaway off a pass from senior captain Anthony Wyse (Newton, Mass.) at 6:28 of the second period.
- Gildon then made it a 3-0 game when he scored on a five-on-three power play at 11:06. Senior assistant captain Charlie Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore Jackson Pierson each posted an assist on the goal.
- The RedHawks then scored three straight goals to tie the game at 3-3. The goals were by Chase Pletzke (13:41), Casey Gilling on a power play (16:57) and John Sladic (19:52).
- Miami outshot UNH by a 13-7 margin, while the Wildcats went 1-2 on the man-advantage and the RedHawks went 1-3.
- Just 1:23 after the opening faceoff of the third period, Sladic scored his second straight goal to give Miami a 4-3 lead. Scott Corbett sent the puck from behind the goal to a waiting Sladic at the slot as he pushed the puck to the back of the net.
- Grasso then tied the game at 4-4 at 14:14 with a power play goal to send the game to overtime. Kelleher and Pierson each recorded an assist on the goal.
- Miami went on a power play with 1:39 remaining in overtime but the Wildcats were able to keep them from scoring the game winner for the 4-4 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Miami outshot UNH by a 32-25 margin.
- Junior Mike Robinson (Bedford, N.H.) made 28 saves, while Ben Kraws posted 21.
- The Wildcats went 3-5 on the power play and the RedHawks went 1-5.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
- UNH is now 8-5-3 all-time versus Miami.
- Kelleher has five points with one goal and four assists through the first two games.
- Gildon and Pierson have four points over the first two games. Gildon has one goals and three assists, while Pierson has two goals and two assists.
- Sato has three goals over the first two games of the year.