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UNH’s Chris Miller, front, is trailed by Brendan van Riemsdyk as he advances the puck during the first period of the Wildcats’ 4-1 win over Miami of Ohio on Saturday evening.

DURHAM — Although it produced a little more offense than it has in recent games, the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team failed to come away with a victory Friday night.

After pulling goaltender Ty Taylor for an extra attacker, UNH scored with 33.2 seconds remaining in the third period to earn a 3-3 tie against 19th-ranked Miami at the Whittemore Center.

It was the first time the Wildcats have scored more than two goals in their last six contests.

Junior left wing Liam Blackburn capped the scoring by beating Miami goaltender Ryan Larkin (34 saves) from close range after receiving a backhand pass from right wing Eric Esposito.

“Anytime you’re down in the last minute of a game it’s kind of a relief to tie it up and go into overtime,” Blackburn said. “It’s definitely a relief to come out with one (point). I think we have to do a better job in the third periods, but I think to come out with a goal at the end there was a lot of character for us.”

Miami erased a 2-1 deficit by scoring twice in a 1:34 span early in the third. After Karch Bachman tied the game on a shot from above the left faceoff circle during a Miami power play 2:34 into the period, Ben Lown took advantage of a UNH turnover at its own blue line and beat Taylor (25 saves) to put the RedHawks (9-5-1) in front 3-2 at 4:08 of the third.

“I think to win in college hockey you have to have a 60-minute performance where your process … you’re playing the game the right way,” Miami coach Enrico Blasi said. “I’m not sure I can tell you that we did that tonight.”

Senior defenseman Matt Dawson and freshman left wing Angus Crookshank also scored for the Wildcats (1-6-4). UNH, which was averaging an even two goals per game through its first 10 contests, has a 1-1-4 record in games that have gone to overtime this season.

“I’ve said all year that we have a resilient group,” UNH coach Mike Souza said. “We just have to figure out a way to learn to win. If we can learn to win I think we can do a lot of good things.”

The Wildcats took a 2-1 lead on a power-play goal by Crookshank at 12:23.

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