|1st||16:04||UNH||1-0||PP||Michael McNicholas (2)||Tyler Kelleher/3, Matias Cleland/4|
|2nd||2:59||UNH||2-0||EV GW||Liam Blackburn (1)||Brendan van Riemsdyk/2, Patrick Grasso/2|
|2nd||13:54||UMA||1-2||PP||Shane Bear (1)||Ivan Chukarov/2, Austin Plevy/3|
|3rd||0:52||UNH||3-1||EV||Dylan Maller (2)||Shane Eiserman/2, Marcus Vela/1|
|3rd||9:30||UNH||4-1||PP||Shane Eiserman (1)||Ara Nazarian/3, Marcus Vela/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (2-3-0)||2/7||6/12||0|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Daniel Tirone (W, 2-2-0)||60:00||1||11||7||8||26|
|Ryan Wischow (L, 2-1-0)||60:00||4||9||9||9||27|
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior forward Shane Eiserman had a goal and an assist and sophomore forward Marcus Vela had a pair of assists as New Hampshire defeated Massachusetts, 4-1, on Friday night at Mullins Center.
RESULT: New Hampshire 4, Massachusetts 1
LOCATION: Mullins Center (Amherst, Mass.)
RECORDS: Massachusetts (2-3-0, 0-1-0 HEA); New Hampshire (2-3-0, 1-0-0 HEA)
THE LEAD: A pair of power-play goals helped carry New Hampshire past the University of Massachusetts hockey, 4-1, in the teams' Hockey East opener on Friday night at the Mullins Center. The Wildcats opened the scoring late in the first period and sealed the result with a pair of third period goals.
In the first, UMass' fourth line produced a pair of early chances from sophomore Ryan Badger and junior Riley McDougall, but it remained a scoreless game until 16:04 into the stanza. On UNH's second power-play opportunity of the night, Michae McNicholas fired home a one-timer from a cross-ice pass by Tyler Kelleher.
The Wildcats then pushed their lead to 2-0 in the opening minutes of the second period. Brendan van Reimsdyk set up Liam Blackburn's tally from the slot with a pass below the goal line at the 2:59 mark. Patrick Grasso earned an assist on the play, as well. Freshman Shane Bear cut the deficit in half for the Minutemen at 13:54, burying a shot from the point on the power play off a feed from sophomores Ivan Chukarov and Austin Plevy.
UNH went on to seal its victory with two goals in the final stanza. Dylan Maller's wraparound just 52 seconds into the frame gave the Wildcats back their two-goal cushion. Shane Eiserman later completed the scoring with a power-play goal from Ara Nazarian and Marcus Vela 9:30 into the period.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Bear netted his first collegiate goal in the contest, becoming the fifth member of UMass' freshman class to score a goal through the team's first five games of the season.
- New Hampshire finished the night with a 31-27 shot advantage. Freshman Ryan Wischow (2-1-0), making his fourth start of the season, totaled 27 saves, while Danny Tirone registered 26 stops for the Wildcats.
- UMass won 36 of 61 faceoffs (59%) on the evening, led by senior Steven Iacobellis' 14-for-21 (66.7%) effort over the dots. Freshman Griff Jeszka and sophomore Ryan Badger were 8-for-14 (57.1%) and 6-for-7 (85.7%), respectively.
UP NEXT: The Minutemen will wrap up the month of October by hosting No. 8 Boston College on Sat., Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.