AMHERST, Mass. - UMass (11-8-3, 8-6-1 Hockey East) took the season series with No. 2 New Hampshire (18-4-1, 13-2-1 HEA) with Saturday's 3-0 shutout at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen got a pair of goals from rookie Will Ortiz, as well as stellar play by Jon Quick, who earned his first career shutout. Massachusetts improved to 9-1-1 at home this season, while handing the Wildcats their first road loss of 2006-07.
Both teams played an even first, taking 12 shots apiece in the opening 20 minutes without a goal, but it was Cory Quirk who put the Minutemen on the board late in the second. Chris Capraro skated into the zone with David Leaderer and Quirk, then passed the puck to Leaderer who took the initial shot. The rebound came out to Quirk, dropping it in for the 1-0 lead at 13:59.
Will Ortiz gave UMass the two-goal cushion with his third of the season just 2:29 into the third. Kevin Jarman made the pass from alongside the net to Ortiz in the slot, who caught Brian Foster out of position. Brett Watson was also credited with an assist, his first collegiate point as a Minuteman.
Ortiz scored his second of the night just over seven minutes later, capitalizing on a rebound and taking a shot above Foster's shoulder. Linemates Jarman and Watson again picked up assists on the play. The two-goal outing for Ortiz marked a career-high.
The Minutemen outshot UNH 38-27 overall, while both teams were 0-for-4 on the power play. Foster made 35 saves in his third start of the season, while Quick improved to 10-7-3 on the season with the shutout.
UMass continues on with conference play next weekend with Friday's game at UMass Lowell and Saturday's home contest with Boston University. As always, fans can listen live to both games, while also watching home games live via umassathletics.com. For tickets, call 1-866-UMASS-TIX.