Harvard spent the entire five-minute overtime shorthanded but Raphael Girard turned aside all three Merrimack shots and the No. 20 Crimson escaped with a 2-2 tie against the Warriors Friday night in a nonconference game at North Andover.
Danny Biega was called for a major penalty for kneeing as the third period expired, giving Merrimack a man advantage for all five minutes of OT, but the Warriors couldn’t dent Girard, who stopped 36 of 38 shots. Merrimack failed on all six of its power plays.
Harvard (4-3-1) scored twice in a span of 31 seconds in the second period to go ahead. But after Tommy O’Regan (3:13) and Desmond Bergin (3:44) beat Sam Marcotta to put Harvard ahead, Merrimack responded. Rhett Bly got the big one, an unassisted shorthanded tally at 6:27 to turn the momentum back to the Warriors.
Mike Collins got Merrimack (5-7-3) even at 13:58 of the second and the goalies dominated the rest of the way. Marcotta finished with 22 saves.
Colgate 6, UMass 4 — Tyler Spink had two goals and two assists and the Raiders (8-7-2) held on to edge the Minutemen (5-7-2) in a nonconference game in Amherst.
After Spink’s second goal with 1:03 left in the second period put Colgate ahead, 4-1, UMass got power-play goals from Joel Hanley (2:18) and Adam Phillips (5:37) in the third to close within one.
But after going on another power-play a minute later, the Minutemen allowed Jeremy Price to get a shot past Kevin Boyle (19 saves) for the backbreaking shorthanded tally.
Conor Allen got UMass back within one again with a goal at 12:41, but Darcy Murphy answered for Colgate at 15:17.
Rensselaer 6, Yale 1 — The visiting Engineers (4-6-3, 1-5-1- ECAC) erased an early deficit and scored six unanswered goals in a rout of the No. 15 Bulldogs (6-3-1, 3-3-0).
Union 3, Brown 3 — Massimo Lamacchia scored with 1:07 left and the host Bears (3-5-2, 0-3-2) erased a 3-1 deficit to earn a tie against the 12th-ranked Dutchmen (8-2-1, 3-2-1 ECAC).
Holy Cross 5, Penn St. 4 — Matt Vidal and Shayne Stockton scored 2:07 apart late in the third period to force overtime and Erik Vos scored 1:54 in to rally the host Crusaders (8-4-2) to the nonconference win over the Nittany Lions (6-6-0).
Air Force 7, Bentley 4 — Brett Gensler had a goal and an assist for Bentley (6-8-0, 5-5-0 Atlantic Hockey) but Chad Demers and Stephen Carew each scored a pair of goals during a four-goal second period to power visiting Air Force (5-7-3, 4-4-1).
Quinnipiac 3, Princeton 1 — Jeremy Langlois scored twice, including an empty-netter with 39 seconds left, and the 13th-ranked Bobcats (11-3-2, 7-0-0) extended their unbeaten streak to nine by beating the visiting Tigers (3-5-3, 2-2-3).
AIC 7, Mercyhurst 3 — Ben Meisner stopped 43 of 46 shots and the Yellow Jackets (4-7-3, 1-5-3 Atlantic Hockey) got goals from seven players in a rout of the host Lakers (5-6-1, 5-3-0).
Army 2, UConn 2 — Evan Carriere scored midway through the third period and the host Huskies (4-7-2, 3-6-1 Atlantic Hockey) salvaged a tie against the Black Knights (5-6-2, 5-2-2-).
RIT 5, Sacred Heart 3 — Mike Colavecchia scored twice and the host Tigers (3-8-3, 2-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) beat the winless Pioneers (0-13-2, 0-10-2).