Mitchell Chaffee’s goal at 5:52 of the second sudden-death overtime gave UMass a 5-4 victory over the University of New Hampshire in Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinal series on Friday night in Amherst, Mass.
Game 2 is set for tonight at 7 p.m., with a third game, if necessary, scheduled for Sunday at 7 p.m.
The UMass victory trumped a 48-save (career high) performance from UNH sophomore goalie Mike Robinson, of Bedford. Two UMass goalies combined for 24 saves.
UMass, ranked No. 2/3 in the country and top seeded for the league tournament, needed to rally. The Wildcats, seeded eighth in the eight-team quarterfinals, stunned the Mullins Center crowd by taking a 3-0 lead in the second period.
After a scoreless first period, Brendan van Riemsdyk, Angus Crookshank and Windham’s Chris Miller scored consecutive goals in the second period.
Bobby Trivigno scored with 55 seconds remaining in the second period and Jacob Pritchard added a goal at the 1:08 of the third period to get UMass back in the game.
Miller scored again, at 5:18, before Trivigno (7:50) and defenseman Cale Makar (11:28) scored to tie it and force overtime.
UMass outshot UNH 15-3 in the first overtime. The shots were 3-3 in the second OT.
Neither team fared well on the power play, with UNH going 0-for-4 and UMass going 0-for-2.
Harvard 3, Dartmouth 1
Third-round NHL draft pick Adam Fox scored at 11:51 of the third period to break a tie and help Harvard beat Dartmouth 3-1 in Friday’s opener of the ECAC best-of-three quarterfinal series in Boston.
The teams play again tonight at 7 p.m., with a Game 3, if necessary, set for Sunday at 4 p.m.
Colton Kerfoot added an empty-net goal with 1:14 to play.
Harvard, the fourth seed in the tournament, received 19 saves from goalie Cameron Gornet. Adrian Clark had 27 saves for fifth-seeded Dartmouth, which advanced with a first-round series victory (two games to one) over St. Lawrence.
Ryan Blankemeier, assisted by Cam Strong, gave the Big Green a 1-0 lead at 7:50 of the second period. But Harvard responded 78 seconds later on Lewis Zerter-Gossage’s goal.
The series is a rematch of last season’s quarterfinal series won by Harvard, two games to one.
Brown 2, Quinnipiac 1
In Hamden, Conn., Brown’s Brent Beaudoin, of Londonderry, scored with 21 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, where the Bears’ Jack Gessert won it with a strike at 17:02.
The goal was Beaudoin's seventh of the season.
Quinnipiac is the top seed in the ECAC tournament and No. 5-ranked team in the country. Brown is the No. 8 seed.
Providence 5, Boston College 4, OT
Brentwood's Spenser Young scored two goals to help Providence beat Boston College in the teams' Hockey East quarterfinal series opener. Young scored consecutive goals, his seventh and eighth of the season, as the Friars rallied from a 3-1 deficit.
Providence, seeded second in the tournament, eventually won it on Brandon Duhaime's tally at 1:31 of overtime.