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UConn Hockey Ties Maine, 2-2

The Huskies took a lead into the third period but allowed Maine to tie it up late.

UConn's Alexander Payusov (9) during the Northeastern Huskies vs UConn Huskies men's college ice hockey game game at the XL Center in Hartford, CT  on November 28, 2017.
UConn’s Alexander Payusov (9) scored two goals on the night.
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UConn men’s hockey had a 2-0 lead going into the third period only to finish in a 2-2 draw with the University of Maine. The Huskies hosted the Black Bears at the XL Center for the second of two games after winning the first one on Friday night in their home opener.

Following an uneventful first period, junior Alexander Payusov scored two goals in the second, both on the power play, to give UConn its lead. He opened the scoring by putting in a rebound off an Evan Wisocky shot while the Huskies had a 5-on-3 advantage.

In the final minute of the second, Payusov struck again with a one-timer off a feed from Wisocky. The Montreal native has now scored a goal in four straight games and has seven on the season.

In the middle of the third period, Maine’s Chase Pearson sent in a one-timer to make it 2-1 and then the Black Bears got their equalizer after pulling their goalie. In 6-on-5 play, Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup put in a rebound with 1:12 left to send the game to overtime.

UConn goaltender Adam Huska made six saves in the extra period to cap off a 31-save night and preserve the tie. Maine ended up out-shooting UConn, 33-28.

After earning three points this weekend, the Huskies (3-2-1, 1-1-1 Hockey East) will be in action next weekend in Vermont when they take on the Catamounts for two games in Gutterson Fieldhouse.