Connecticut erased a 2-0 deficit with third-period goals by Vladislav Firstov and Brian Regali as the Huskies forced a 2-2 tie against the seventh-ranked Minutemen.
UConn won a shootout, which wouldn’t typically be conducted in a what is considered a non-league game, but could be used in the Hockey East standings if a game or games against UMass later in the season are compromised by COVID-19.
Here is Kale Howarth to win the very first #HEA shootout against UMass
— UConn Men's Hockey (@UConnMHOC) November 22, 2020
The series itself this weekend, with the opening game won 5-1 by UMass on Friday, wasn’t scheduled until Thursday when Maine’s series against UMass and Vermont’s two-game slate against Connecticut were both canceled because of government regulations surrounding COVID-19.
UMass jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening period on goals by Matthew Kessel and Philip Lagunov. Neither team scored in the middle stanza despite both placing 13 shots on goal.
Tomas Vomacka finished the game with 34 saves for UConn while Filip Lindberg made 35 saves for the Minutemen.
Lake Superior 0, Michigan Tech 0 (F/SHO)
In the rarest of occurrences, Michigan Tech’s Mark Sinclair stopped 21 shots and Lake Superior’s Marek Mitens made 28 saves as the two clubs skated to a scoreless tie on Saturday.
Lakers and Huskies Skate to a 0-0 Tie in the First Game of the 20-21 Season https://t.co/wc9yG87e9E
— Lake State Hockey (@HockeyLSSU) November 22, 2020
Lake Superior’s Ashton Calder’s goal in the third round of a shootout was the difference maker should the game be needed as a league game later in the season. That would only happen should a latter game between these two games be canceled due to COVID.
Robert Morris 5, Alabama Huntsville 2
Host Robert Morris scored five times in the third period to erase a 1-0 deficit through 40 and earns 5-2 non-conference win over Alabama Huntsville.
UAH’s Bauer Neudecker scored the only goal through the first two periods, burying a power play tally 2:25 into the game.
Timmons x2! The junior finishes a breakaway with a beautiful move! 5-2! pic.twitter.com/oQ0S0vVlXq
— RMU Men’s Hockey (@RMUMHockey) November 22, 2020
But Robert Morris scored early and often in the third, as Jordan Timmons tied the game at 2:48 and Nick Jenny have the Colonials the lead at 6:00. Timmons added a second goal with 3:29 left to finish the game with two goals and an assist.