Grasso's Four Goals Send New Hampshire Past Merrimack, 6-2
Freshman forward Patrick Grasso scores four goals for Wildcats

Freshman forward Patrick Grasso scored four goals for the Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 4:31  UNH1-0 SH Tyler Kelleher (4) -
1st 5:48  UNH2-0 EV Patrick Grasso (5)Brendan van Riemsdyk/3, Dylan Maller/3
1st 7:06  UNH3-0 PP GW Patrick Grasso (6)Tyler Kelleher/4, Matias Cleland/5
1st 9:44  UNH4-0 PP Patrick Grasso (7)Tyler Kelleher/5, Michael McNicholas/1
3rd 7:56  UNH5-0 PP Patrick Grasso (8)Michael McNicholas/2, Matias Cleland/6
3rd 10:45  MER1-5 EV Marc Biega (2)Tyler Irvine/1, Hampus Gustafsson/2
3rd 11:43  MER2-5 EV Sami Tavernier (1)Jared Kolquist/2, Logan Coomes/3
3rd 19:01  UNH6-2 EV EN Jason Salvaggio (2) -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Merrimack  0022
New Hampshire  4026
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Merrimack  971127
New Hampshire  88622
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Merrimack (3-4-1)  0/5 9/18 0
New Hampshire (3-3-0)  3/8 6/12 1
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Drew Vogler (L, 3-3-1)20:514 4004
Craig Pantano36:321 08412
Empty Net2:371     
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Daniel Tirone (W, 3-2-0)59:542 97925
Empty Net0:060     

DURHAM, N.H. - Freshman Patrick Grasso, goal scorer, had already shown off his scoring abilities for the UNH men's hockey team.

Saturday night, he doubled down on his efforts.

Grasso led the Wildcats in scoring with four goals through the first five games.

He added four more goals -three on the power play - to lift UNH to a 6-2 win over Merrimack at the Whittemore Center.

The triumph was UNH coach Dick Umile's 350th in Hockey East.

UNH evened its overall record at 3-3-0 and made it a perfect weekend in Hockey East play. The Wildcats opened the league portion of their schedule with a 4-1 win at Massachusetts on Friday night.

Grasso's was the first four-goal night for a Wildcat since Stevie Moses scored them all in a 4-1 win over Dartmouth on Jan. 14, 2012.

"We're going to hear a lot about him," said Umile, who likened Grasso to one of UNH's all-time great forwards. "He's real clever. He's got a great shot. What's he up to now, eight goals? Eight goals in six games. That's pretty good. I compare him to a Darren Haydar. He plays just like Darren Haydar. He's a real smart hockey player."

Grasso did most of his damage Saturday night from relatively close to the net. He made the most of his shots, too. He took four shots in the game: Scored on each one.

The 20-year-old out of Ankeny, Iowa, is listed at 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds.

"That's something I spend a lot of time on in the offseason and during the season," Grasso said of his work around the net. "I think it's important, especially as a little guy, to be able to find pucks, loose pucks. A bigger guy might knock you off it if you don't get to it in time. Being able to locate those and tying to bury them can be an asset for sure."

Grasso's first three goals came in a four-minute span in the first period.

He beat goalie Drew Vogler to the stick side from straight-on for his first of the night at 4:58 of the period. Then he put a backhander past the goalie for a power play goal at 7:06. He scored another on the power play at 9:44.

That's three goals in just under four minutes.

Kelleher assisted on the last two. Brendan van Riemsdyk, Dylan Maller, Matias Cleland and Michael McNicholas all had assists on the first three Grasso goals as well.

Grasso added his fourth goal 7:56 into the third period to stretch UNH's lead to 5-0. McNicholas and Cleland again had assists on that one, too.

The first win of the season at home comes at a good time for the Wildcats, who will spend most of their time at the Whittemore Center in the coming weeks.

Saturday night's game started a stretch of seven home games in the next eight contests for UNH.

Individual game and group tickets are available for all games. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 603-862-4000.

Next weekend, Sacred Heart comes to Durham for a game on Friday night at 7. Mercyhurst is in on Saturday night at 7. Both teams play in the Atlantic Hockey Association.

The Wildcats play at Boston College on Tuesday, Nov. 8 and then the homestand continues with a game Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. against Arizona State and another on Sunday, Nov. 13 against Merrimack at 4 p.m.

UNH faces Massachusetts at home on Friday, Nov. 18 and Rensselaer is in on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The Wildcats play their first game ever in Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Nov. 26 and then play Maine at home on Friday, Dec. 2. They are at Maine in Saturday, Dec. 3.

The Wildcats also got another solid game from junior goalie Danny Tirone on Saturday night.

Tirone made 26 saves in UNH's 4-1 win at Massachusetts on Friday night.

He came back and made 25 for another victory on Saturday night.