RUTLAND, Vt. –After trailing on three different occasion, Men's Hockey couldn't hold on to their only lead of the night, as #14 UMass Boston (2-1-1, 1-1-1 ECAC East) was forced to settle for a 4-4 tie against host Castleton State College (3-1-1, 3-1-1 ECAC East) at the Spartan Arena Friday night.
Each team had several opportunities to cash in the game-winner, but both goalies came up large on multiple occasions, earning their teams each a point in the ECAC East standings.
Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) turned away a season-high 33 shots, while Castelton's Erick Cinotti finished with 31 saves.
Sophomore Jeremy Finger (Orlando, Fla.) was credited with the Beacons fourth and final goal.
Ross Herzog scored two goals for the Spartans who stayed unbeaten in three home contests this year.
In the first period, Castleton jumped out to an early lead. Bart Moran continued his successful rookie campaign with a goal nearly five minutes into the game. Ryan Frost and Brian Greene each earned assists on the power play goal.
The 1-0 Castleton lead didn't stand for long however, as the Beacons answered just 1:07 later with a goal of their own. MacIntyre notched his first goal of the game when he beat Cinotti to knot the game back up at 1-1, with Milam and senior Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) picking up assists.
Castleton took a 2-1 lead into the intermission with a goal by Will Laking. Moran and Colin Murray used some nifty passing deep in the Beacons' zone to find Laking in front. The sophomore slotted the puck home for his third goal of the season, giving the Spartans a one-goal advantage heading into the break.
In the second period, the Beacons' special teams shined as it has all season and Dan Cornel (Abington, Mass.) notched his first goal of the season on the man advantage. The tally by Cornell tied the game at 2-2 early in the second frame and was the first goal for Cornell in a UMB uniform.
Senior captain Ross Herzog put the Spartans up 3-2 with a goal from Ryan Frost. The tally gave the Spartans the advantage yet again with 5:49 left in the period.
The Beacons would answer again in the final minute of the second. MacIntyre notched his team-leading fourth goal of the season to pull the visitors even at 3-3, with Milam and freshman defenseman Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.) picking up assists. Bishop who made his season-debut Friday night, became the fourth UMass Boston player to record a point in his debut in a Beacon sweater.
In the third period, the Beacons took the lead just 2:28 into the frame with a goal from Finger. Finger took a pass from MacIntyre and slammed it home to extend his point-streak to four-straight.
With the team trailing 4-3, it was the captain Herzog to the rescue, scoring his second goal of the game to level the score with 13:49 left to play in the game. The rest of regulation passed without a score and forced the game into overtime.
In the extra period, each team had chances but just couldn't convert. The Spartans earned a 2-on-1 breakaway late in the overtime frame, but the chance was broken up by a Beacons defender. With under a minute left, the Beacons earned an offensive zone faceoff win. Milam found himself with the puck in the slot and ripped a wrister that rattled off the crossbar and just out of the crease, begging wide and the tilt ended in a 4-4 draw.
Castleton outshot the Beacons 37-35, but were outperformed on special teams. The Beacons went 2-for-5 on the power play, while Castleton went 1-for-6 with an extra man.
UMass Boston will finish off their weekend trek when they take on Skidmore College Saturday at 4 p.m.
INFORMATION FOR THIS RELEASE COURTESY OF CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION DEPARTMENT