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College Hockey: Wildcats can't get it done
The Wildcats can still grab a top-four spot in the league and home ice for the league playoffs.
If they win, one way they can get fourth place is if Providence College beats or ties Maine and Boston University wins at Northeastern. BU beat Northeastern 4-1 at home on Friday and Providence won 4-2 at Maine.
The Warriors took it to UNH in the second period.
Down 2-0 to start the third period, the Wildcats finally got on the board with a five-on-three power-play goal.
Sophomore defenseman Brett Pesce scored it 2:29 into the period on a blast from out front, off a pass from Kevin Goumas. Eric Knodel also assisted.
The tie lasted for less than a minute.
Kyle Singleton led a Merrimack charge and Casey DeSmith stopped his shot. But the rebound sat in the crease and Quinn Gould got to the puck and put it behind the goalie at the nine-minute mark.
"We had the excitement of the second goal and once they scored, it's like we put all this energy in and now we have to do it again," Speelman said. "It's frustrating, for sure."
Connor Toomey hustled to the UNH end to finish off the scoring with an empty net goal with nine seconds left.
DeSmith, a junior from Rochester, had 24 saves for UNH.
After a scoreless first period, the Wildcats had a rough time of it in the second.
Merrimack defenseman Justin Mansfield got in deep and redirected a pass from Quinn Gould past DeSmith 6:24 into the period to open the scoring.
The Wildcats managed only two shots in the period and were outshot 17-12 through two periods.