|1st||1:40||UNH||1-0||EV GW||Liam Blackburn (4)||Patrick Grasso/1|
|1st||15:00||UNH||2-0||PP||Brendan van Riemsdyk (4)||Michael McNicholas/7, Max Gildon/3|
|2nd||6:53||UNH||3-0||PP||Benton Maass (1)||Patrick Grasso/2, Michael McNicholas/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (6-1-1)||2/8||7/14||0|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Daniel Tirone (W, 6-1-1)||60:00||0||11||7||9||27|
|Matt Murray (L, 3-4-0)||19:47||2||9||0||0||9|
AMHERST, Mass. - An early goal and two more on the power play carried No. 13 New Hampshire past University of Massachusetts hockey, 3-0 on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. The setback leaves the Minutemen at 4-5-0 overall, 1-2-0 in Hockey East, while the Wildcats improve to 6-1-1 on the year and 3-0-1 in league action.
"I was really excited for this game tonight," said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. "When you get a weekend when you just have one game, you can really spend all week focusing on your opponent getting rested and energized to play. To come out and have that fluke goal happen so quickly kind of put us on our heels and we continued with a barrage of penalties all night long, which led to a very disjointed game. I thought 5-on-5 we were fine. We knew they were very opportunistic, offensive team and we gave them a fluke goal, a 5-on-3 and another power-play goal. They beat us the way that they beat teams, taking advantage of offensive opportunities. A frustrating loss, we were predicted to finish last in this league and that team is in first and I don't think there's a ton of difference between the two teams. I wanted our team to show better tonight and it just wasn't the case."
UNH opened the scoring just 1:40 into the contest when a shot by Liam Blackburn found the back of the net from the neutral zone. Patrick Grasso earned an assist on the play.
The Wildcats then pushed the margin to 2-0, at the 15-minute mark of the first when Brendan van Reimsdyk cleaned up a rebound from Michael McNicholas and Max Gildon on the power play.
New Hampshire added its third and final tally on a 5-on-3 opportunity 6:53 into the second period. Grasso and McNicholas set up Benton Maass' first of the season.
UMass out-shot the Wildcats, 27-26 in the contest and went 0-for-7 on the power play, while UNH was 2-for-8. Danny Tirone finished with 27 saves in net for New Hampshire while freshman Matt Murray and sophomore Ryan Wischow totaled nine and 14 stops, respectively, for the Minutemen.
UMass will be back in action on Thursday, Nov. 9, when the squad will play host to No. 6 Providence at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center.