|1st||0:34||UNH||1-0||EV||Michael McNicholas (5)||Jason Salvaggio/4, Patrick Grasso/8|
|1st||6:57||MER||1-1||EV||Derek Petti (2)||Cole McBride/2, Ludvig Larsson/7|
|1st||8:52||MER||2-1||EV||Sami Tavernier (6)||Evan Bell/1|
|1st||16:36||MER||3-1||EV||Alfred Larsson (1)||Logan Coomes/4, Laine McKay/2|
|2nd||6:43||MER||4-1||EV GW||Tyler Irvine (3)||Evan Bell/2, Brett Seney/10|
|3rd||2:07||UNH||2-4||EV||Marcus Vela (4)||Ara Nazarian/6, Shane Eiserman/3|
|3rd||3:50||UNH||3-4||PP||Patrick Grasso (2)||Michael McNicholas/12, Max Gildon/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (9-7-1)||1/6||5/10||0|
|Craig Pantano (W, 4-4-1)||60:00||3||13||6||6||25|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Daniel Tirone (L, 9-7-1)||26:43||4||6||1||0||7|
DURHAM, N.H. - With the Wildcats trailing 4-1 in the third period, junior forward Marcus Vela (Burnaby, British Columbia) and sophomore forward Patrick Grasso (Ankeny, Iowa) each scored a goal to cut the Warriors lead to 4-3, but the No. 13/15 University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell to Merrimack, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.
Senior forward Michael McNicholas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Grasso each posted two points with one goal and one assist. The Wildcats are now 9-7-1 (4-5-1 HEA) and the Warriors are 4-9-3 (2-6-1 HEA).
NEXT HOME GAME:
The Wildcats will return to the Whittemore Center on Saturday, Jan. 6, to take on Brown at 7:00 p.m. The game will be "Youth Hockey Night" and there will be a hockey lace bracelet giveaway. Tickets can be purchased at the Whittemore Center Box Office, online at UNHWildcats.com or by calling 603-862-4000.
Score: Merrimack 4, New Hampshire 3
Records: New Hampshire (9-7-1, 4-5-1 HEA); Merrimack (4-9-3, 2-6-1 HEA)
Location: Durham, N.H. (Whittemore Center)
Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- McNicholas put the Wildcats on the board first, just 34 seconds into the game. Senior linemate Jason Salvaggio (Hanson, Mass.) and Grasso each had an assist on the goal.
- Merrimack's Derek Petti tied the game at 6:57 of the first with a wrist shot from in front of the net.
- Merrimack's Sami Tavernier put the Warriors on top shortly after at 8:52 of the first.
- Then at 16:36, Merrimack's Alfred Larsson found the back of the net as the Warriors took a 3-1 lead.
- Tyler Irvine made it a 4-1 game at 6:43 of the second.
- Freshman netminder Mike Robinson (Bedford, N.H.) took over for the Wildcats after the goal.
- Vela found the back of the net at 2:17 of the third period. Junior Ara Nazarian (Boxford, Mass.) and senior Shane Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.) had assists on the goal.
- Then just 1:33 later, Grasso capitalized on a power play chance to cut the difference to 4-3. McNicholas and freshman defenseman Max Gildon (Plano, Texas) each tallied an assist on the goal.
- UNH was unable to score the equalizer as the Warriors posted the 4-3 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Senior goaltender Danny Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.) made seven saves, while Robinson posted 12. Craig Pantano tallied 25 saves to earn the win and improve to 4-4-1.
- UNH outshot Merrimack, 28-23, while the Wildcats went 1-6 on the power play and the Warriors went 0-4.
- Merrimack won 28 faceoffs to New Hampshire's 20.
- The Wildcats will compete at the Ledyard Classic on Dec. 29-30 in Hanover, N.H., at Thompson Arena. The Wildcats will take on Dartmouth on Dec. 29 at 7:00 p.m. and Yale on Dec. 30 at 4:00 p.m.