Merrimack hasn’t won a game on the road this season, and the Warriors didn’t break through last night against the University of New Hampshire in Durham, but no one can point fingers at Andrew Braithwaite.
The senior goaltender made 43 saves, including 10 in overtime, before Paul Thompson knocked in a loose puck with just 11.1 seconds left in the extra session, giving the 13th-ranked Wildcats a 4-3 win.
Peter LeBlanc scored twice and assisted on another tally for UNH (13-8-4, 12-3-3 Hockey East), but Chris Barton scored power-play goals in the second period and 42 seconds into the third to tie it. Braithwaite nearly did the rest as the Warriors (9-14-0, 6-10-0) were looking for the weekend sweep of the Wildcats.
Braithwaite was outstanding from the start. In the first period, he robbed Kevin McCarey on a two-on-one with a glove save, and denied LeBlanc on a wraparound bid in the final minute. On the deciding sequence, Braithwaite stopped two point-blank bids, one by Thompson, before Thompson fired the rebound through a crowd for the winner.
“It’s hard to believe we haven’t won a game on the road,’’ said Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy, after his team dropped to 0-12 away from home, with seven of the losses by just one goal.
UMass 4, Providence 1 - Michael Marcou and Will Ortiz scored power-play goals in the first period and Dan Myers stopped 25 of 26 shots as the No. 15 Minutemen (16-10-0, 11-8-0 Hockey East) dominated the host Friars (9-15-1, 4-13-1).
Maine 4, Vermont 4 - Klas Leidermark and Tanner House scored third-period goals as the No. 19 Black Bears (12-9-3, 9-6-2 Hockey East) erased a two-goal deficit and earned a tie against the No. 17 Catamounts (12-9-3, 6-8-3) in Burlington, Vt. Wahsontiio Stacey had a hand in all four UVM goals, scoring twice.
Rensselaer 4, Yale 0 - Jerry D’Amigo had a goal and two assists, including a shorthanded score in the third period, as the visiting Engineers (14-12-2, 7-6-1 ECAC) upset the sixth-ranked Bulldogs (12-6-3, 8-4-2 ).
Brown 2, Union 2 - Jack Maclellan and Tyler Fernandez tallied in the third period and the Bears (7-12-2, 5-7-2 ECAC) surprised the 18th-ranked Dutchmen (13-7-6, 7-3-4) in Providence.
Bentley 5, RIT 4 - Bobby Preece had three goals and an assist and Kyle Rank made 36 saves, lifting the visiting Falcons (11-12-3, 9-9-2 Atlantic Hockey) past the Tigers (15-10-1, 15-4-1).