SHELTON -- With two teams that rarely play each other, the only barometer available to determine the outcome is to consult the records. In this case the records were comparable, and it proved to be a valid indication of how the game would play out.

The Masuk boys hockey team (9-4-1) drew a tie against up-state opponent Hall-Southington (10-4-1) on Wednesday night at The Rinks at Shelton.

Masuk didn't trail in the game until James Nardi's second goal with 5:10 remaining in regulation gave Hall-Southington a 4-3 advantage. However, the lead was short-lived as Hall-Southington was called for interference just 32 seconds later.

Masuk sophomore Shane Dushay made them pay by scoring his second goal of the night to tie the game with just 2:49 remaining and the power-play dwindling down.

"There was a hunger for a goal," Dushay said of his equalizing score. "Every shift you have to go as hard as you can, you can't take a shift off and you can't give it less than 100 percent. We had to battle and we got it back."

The other two goals came from Dushay's linemate Aidan Bowler, who scored once in the first and again in the second to help give the Panthers a 3-2 lead entering the final period.

"I think we surprised them in the first in the way we came out. We were pretty amped up to play this game today," Masuk coach Andrew Townsend said. "But like a good team does, they responded in the second and third. After that first period, in which I thought we controlled the game, I thought it was pretty back and forth."

Hall-Southington scored two goals in the second and added another two in the third period and looked as though it was going to cap off a comeback. Despite its scoring three of four goals in regulation while on a man advantage, Masuk was unable to convert on two chances in overtime.

"We ended up with three power-play goals but at times it looked like we didn't have a clue what we were doing on the power play," Townsend said. "But any game where you get three power-play goals, you can't be too upset with the power play."

HALL/SOUTHINGTON................................0 2 2 0--4

MASUK....................................................1 2 1 0--4

Records: Masuk 9-4-1; Hall/Southington 10-4-1. Goals: H/S--James Nardi 2, Jarod Florian, Trey Lerner; M--Aidan Bowler 2, Shane Dushay 2