Junior forward Grayson Downing scores hat trick for Wildcats

Junior forward Grayson Downing scored a hat trick for the Wildcats

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass hockey team saw its four-game home unbeaten streak come to an end on Saturday night as the squad suffered a 9-0 setback to New Hampshire at the Mullins Center. Following the loss, the Minutemen fall to 3-6-1 overall, 1-3-1 in Hockey East, while the Wildcats improve to 3-5-1, 2-2-0 in league action.

UNH was on the board early for a second straight night. Just 59 seconds into the contest, Tyler Kelleher cleaned up the rebound on a shot from the point by Brett Pesce. Kevin Goumas earned an assist on the play, as well.

The Wildcats then made it a 2-0 margin at the 7:34 mark. Maxim Gaudreault scored on an odd-man rush off a feed from Trevor van Riemsdyk and Dan Correale.

Before the intermission, New Hampshire added another. Tyler Kellher and Harry Quast connected with Grayson Downing for the score 18:11 into the first.

UNH began the second with two more tallies in the first 2:26 to end the night of UMass goaltender Alex Wakaluk. The Wildcats would score twice more in the frame and added another two in the third, a power-play goal and a short-handed tally.

In his collegiate debut, freshman Mac Haight played the final 37:34 of the contest in net for the Minutemen and made 19 saves.

New Hampshire finished the night with a 33-23 shot advantage and went 2-for-4 on the power play. UMass was 0-for-2 on the power play for the evening.

The Minutemen will be back in action on Thursday, Nov. 14, playing host to Boston College at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.