Makar lifts #5 Massachusetts Hockey past Merrimack in OT, 3-2

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AMHERST, Massachusetts — Sophomore Taylor Makar scored his third goal in as many games 1:12 in overtime to lift the No. 5 University of Massachusetts past Merrimack in the Hockey East opener at the Mullins Center on Friday night. The win goes to the Minutemen 5-0-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Hockey East action, while the Warriors drop to 3-3-0 overall and 1-1-0 in league games. “We were lucky tonight,” said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. “I thought Merrimack outsmarted us for two periods and we started playing in the third period. I liked our third period and we took the lead and quickly reversed it. It was another tight game with Merrimack, every time we played them seems to go into overtime and again we were lucky to find our way to the top I thought we did well in overtime with our execution 3v3 strategy which led to the strange man rush It was a frustrating match I don’t think we were ready to compete tonight and that’s up to me but as the match progressed we got a little better but we were lucky to be the best out of the pack tonight to come by bus.” UMass jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Makar swung around behind the net and centered the puck for Ryan Lautenbach for the quick charge at 3:26 of the first period. Merrimack later tied the score at 1-1 halfway through the second. Mark Hillier collected a pass from Mac Welsher and hit Trevor Griebel, who was following the game, with a feed at the top of the slot. Greibel fired a shot toward target that crept past Luke Pavicich at 11:21 from a front deflection. The Minutemen moved forward again on their first power play chance of the evening, 6:35 in the third period. Freshman Kenny Connors and sophomore Scott Morrow fired a shot from Ryan Ufko from the perimeter tucked into the left post. However, the Warriors reacted and set things to 2-2 at 7:12. Alex Jefferies poked home a loose puck amid a scrum in the UMass crease with Welsher and Adam Arvedson amassed the assists. Then, in the extra frame, Connors put Makar on a 2-to-1 for the winning count. Ufko earned the secondary helper on the line. Merrimack finished the night with a 27-19 shooting advantage, while UMass went 1-for-2 on the power play and a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Pavicich finished with 25 stops and Hugo Ollas had 16 saves for the Warriors. Makar (1g, 1a), Ufko (1g, 1a) and Connors (2a) all had multi-point games, while Morrow’s assist extended his points streak to six straights. The teams will return to action tomorrow, October 29, when the teams meet at 7:00 PM in North Andover in Lawler Rink.

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