Miller Scores Late Goal to Send New Hampshire to a 3-3 Tie at Merrimack

Junior Tyler Kelleher registered a goal and two assists for the Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 16:09  MER1-0 EV Craig Wyszomirski (1)Alex Carle/1, Hampus Gustafsson/5
3rd 2:13  UNH1-1 PP Tyler Kelleher (5)Maxim Gaudreault/2, Andrew Poturalski/9
3rd 3:05  UNH2-1 PP Andrew Poturalski (7)Tyler Kelleher/12, Matias Cleland/5
3rd 14:51  MER2-2 EV Jace Hennig (1)Ludvig Larsson/1, Brett Seney/7
3rd 15:12  MER3-2 EV Brian Christie (4)Justin Hussar/6, Matt Cronin/3
3rd 19:22  UNH3-3 EV EA GT Chris Miller (3)Matias Cleland/6, Tyler Kelleher/13
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
New Hampshire  00303
Merrimack  01203
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
New Hampshire  91414239
Merrimack  31312331
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
New Hampshire (3-4-2)  2/5 0/0 0
Merrimack (6-1-3)  0/0 5/10 0
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Daniel Tirone (T, 1-4-2)64:383 31210328
Empty Net0:220      
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Collin Delia (T, 6-1-3)65:003 91411236

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The 14th-ranked Merrimack College men's ice hockey team picked up three out of a possible four points against league competition on the weekend after skating to a 3-3 tie against the University of New Hampshire on Saturday night at Lawler Rink.

The Basics

Score: #14/T13 Merrimack 3, New Hampshire 3 (F/OT)
Records: Merrimack (6-1-3, 2-1-3 HEA) | New Hampshire (3-4-2, 1-0-2 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

Following a scoreless first period, senior Craig Wyszomirski (Mahwah, N.J.) scored his first career marker in his 59th career game to break a scoreless tie at 16:09 of the second to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes. Freshman Alex Carle (Anchorage, Alaska) fired a shot from the point that was saved before Wyszomirski buried the rebound to break the deadlock.

The third period saw both sides combined for five goals starting with two quick power-play strikes from the Wildcats in the span of less than a minute. Tyler Keller buried a 5-on-3 marker at 2:13 before Andrew Poturalski put the visitors ahead at 3:05.

Just over 10 minutes later, it was Merrimack with the quick scoring spurt. Sophomore Jace Hennig (Port Moody, British Columbia) buried a one-timer on the edge of the slot near the far circle off tic-tac-toe feeds from freshman Ludvig Larsson (Malmo, Sweden) and sophomore Brett Seney (London, Ontario) to tie the game. Then, 21 seconds later, senior Brian Christie (West Chester, Pa.) followed up on his own rebound and got the second shot to go to push the Warriors ahead, 3-2, with less than five minutes to go.

Merrimack was less than a minute from victory before UNH scored with an extra attacker at 19:22; Chris Miller hopped on a loose puck after an initial shot from the point and got it to go to send the game to overtime.

In the extra session, Merrimack would register three shots but UNH goaltender Danny Tirone turned away all three of them while sophomore goaltender Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) did likewise on the other end to earn each side a point in the league standings.

Inside The Numbers

- Nine different Warriors recorded a point on Saturday, while Carle and Ludvig Larsson earned their first-ever collegiate points

- Delia finished with a season-high 36 saves, tying a previous career-high set against UMass last year, while Tirone turned away 31 for the Wildcats

- Merrimack was not awarded a power play all game while UNH finished 2-for-5 and for the second time this year finished with two power-play goals against the Warriors

- UNH outshot Merrimack 39-31 in the game after a 9-3 edge in the first period, but Merrimack recorded 25 shots in the final two frames

- Seney won 8-of-13 faceoffs (61.5%) to account for Merrimack's best performer on the dot

Up Next

Merrimack will play just once next weekend, as the Warriors welcome the University of Massachusetts on Saturday, Nov. 21, to round out the two teams' season series. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.