HARRISVILLE, R.I. – Freshman Filip Virgili scored his first collegiate goal and added an assist in Nichols College's 2-2 tie with the University of New England Friday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's ice hockey action at Levy Rink.
Senior captain Scott Cuthrell also picked up a goal and an assist while junior Ian Spencer notched a pair of helpers as the Bison have now earned at least one point in all three conference games this season. Sophomore Ryan Bloom and freshman Jeff Eppright scored for the Nor'easters, who outshot the Bison 28-24.
The Bison opened the scoring late in the first when Virgili knocked in a rebound off a point shot from Spencer at 19:04. The Nor'easters answered right back when Bloom potted his first marker of the season 20 seconds later.
In the second, UNE grabbed a 2-1 lead when junior Andrew Slotnick stole the puck behind the Bison net and fed Eppright for his second of the season at 5:30. Nichols drew even on Cuthrell's third power-play goal of the season at 7:10. Spencer slit a pass from the right point to Virgili, whose shot was stopped, but Cuthrell pounced on the rebound and flipped a backhand shot over freshman netminder Ben Churchfield.
After being outshot 9-7 in the third, the Bison put forth a strong push in the extra session, outshooting UNE 5-2. Churchfield – who was making his first collegiate start – stop 22 shots while senior Colin Brennan recorded 26 saves for Nichols.
Tonight's meeting marked the fourth all-time meeting between UNE and Nichols College. The series now stands at 2-1-0 in favor of the Nor'easters and 1-1-1 at Levy Rink.
"It took us a period to find out game. We were on our heels in the first running around a lot. We executed our game plan a lot better in the second and third periods, and into overtime, and we had some success. Those were two pretty good team out there on the ice tonight." –Nichols head coach Parker Burgess.
Nichols (3-1-1, 2-0-1 CCC) – Saturday, November 11 vs UNE, 7:00 p.m.
UNE (1-1-1, 1-1-1 CCC) – Saturday, November 11 @ UNE, 7:00 p.m.