Maine Hockey Journal

Huskies and Mules fight to a draw

Junior Zach Joy (Dover, N.H.) scored the game-tying goal with 4:49 to play in regulation as the University of Southern Maine Huskies rallied to forge a 1-1 overtime tie with the Colby College Mules in an ECAC East-NESCAC inter-league game Saturday night at the USM Ice Arena.

The tie extended the Huskies’ unbeaten string to four games (3-0-1) and gives them a 7-6-2 overall record. The Huskies are now 4-3-2 in league play. The Mules, now unbeaten in 10 straight games (7-0-3), are 8-2-3 overall and 4-2-3 in the league.

With time winding down, Joy finally solved Colby junior goaltender Cody McKinney (Weston, Fla.) getting a rebound over McKinney for his team-leading 17th goal of the season. Junior Mike Carpenter (Minot, Maine) and senior Pat Noonan (Burlington, Mass.) picked up the assists.

Colby had protected the 1-0 lead it acquired in the final minute of the first period when sophomore Dan Nelson (Northbrook, Ill.) took a long pass in stride from junior Billy Crinnion (Long Island, N.Y.) and skated in alone to beat USM sophomore goalie Mason St. Hilaire (Saco, Maine). The goal was the fifth of the season for Nelson.

McKinney and St. Hilaire were outstanding throughout the game. McKinney made an impressive glove save on Joy in the first period, and St. Hilaire made three stops during the five-minute overtime period. McKinney finished with 20 saves while St. Hilaire recorded 21.

Southern Maine is off until next Friday (7:00 p.m.) when it entertains the University of Massachusetts Boston in an ECAC East game. Colby will host Connecticut College in a NESCAC battle on Friday (7:00 p.m.).

(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)

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