DURHAM, N.H. - With the score tied at 4-4 with 9:07 left in the third period, senior Ara Nazarian (Boxford, Mass.) broke the tie with the game-winner as the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team defeated first-place Boston College, 6-4, at the Whittemore Center on Saturday evening. Sophomore Patrick Grasso (Ankeny, Iowa) led the Wildcats with two goals. This is the first win for UNH over Boston College since a 2-1 victory at the Whittemore Center on January 12, 2013. The Wildcats are now 5-1-1 in their last seven games.
The Wildcats will return to action on Friday, Jan. 18 when they hit the road to play Merrimack at 7:30 p.m. Then UNH will continue its road trip with a game at Maine on Monday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. and an away contest versus UConn on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.
NEXT HOME GAME:
The Wildcats return to the Whitt on Saturday, Jan. 26 when they take on UConn on Family Hockey Day presented by Geico. There is a spaghetti dinner and activities before the game. Go here for tickets to the event. The first 1,000 fans will receive the third set of trading cards and hot dogs will be $1. The 2018 America East Champion UNH men's soccer team will be signing autographs and will be honored at the game. You can buy tickets by calling the Whittemore Center Box Office at (603) 862-4000 or by visiting UNHWildcats.com.
Score: New Hampshire 6, Boston College 4
Records: New Hampshire (7-8-6, 3-5-3 HEA), BC (7-10-2, 7-2-2 HEA)
Location: Durham, N.H. (Whittemore Center)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Boston College opened the scoring at 9:07 of the first period when Christopher Brown knocked a lofted puck out of the air past sophomore Mike Robinson (Bedford, N.H.).
- The Eagles scored again at 16:55 of the first period when Oliver Wahlstrom sent a wrist shot from the center of the right face-off circle to the upper stick side of the net to make the score 2-0.
- UNH and BC each put nine shots on goal in the first period. Each team went 0-1 on the power play.
- The Wildcats scored at 1:25 of the second period after senior Richard Boyd (Delray Beach, Fla.) sent a pass around the boards that deflected directly to Grasso for a backhanded goal past a diving Joe Woll.
- UNH tied the score when senior Chris Miller (Windham, N.H.) sent freshman Angus Crookshank (North Vancouver, British Columbia) on a breakaway that led to a wrist shot from the slot to the lower stick side of the net past Woll.
- Boston College broke the tie at 5:50 of the second period when Aapeli Rasanen sent a wrist shot from in front of the crease past Robinson to make the score 3-2.
- The Wildcats scored at 8:18 of the second period after Crookshank redirected a slapshot from the blue line by freshman Will MacKinnon (Plymouth, Mich.) to junior Liam Blackburn (Prince George, British Columbia) who put a wrist shot past Woll to tie the score at 3-3.
- The Eagles regained the lead at 9:59 of the second period when J.D. Dudek took a wrist shot from the slot to the upper glove side of the net past Robinson.
- UNH scored a shorthanded goal at 11:13 of the second period when senior Marcus Vela (Burnaby, British Columbia) sent a pass from behind the net to Grasso who netted a slap shot to the upper glove side of the net to make the score 4-4.
- UNH outshot BC 17-8 during the second period. Both teams went 0-1 on the power play.
- The Wildcats scored at 10:53 of the third period when sophomore Charlie Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) passed the puck to Nazarian who blasted a one-timer from the center of the left face-off circle past Woll to give UNH a 5-4 lead.
- UNH added to its lead at 19:35 of the third period after Miller sent a shot from the blue line on an empty net to make the score 6-4.
- The Eagles were unable to score in the final seconds as UNH secured the 6-4 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- UNH outshot BC by a 36-25 margin.
- Robinson made 21 saves to improve to 6-6-5, while Woll posted 30 saves and falls to 6-10-2.
- The Wildcats went 1-3 on the power play while the Eagles went 0-3.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
- This is the first win for the Wildcats against the Eagles since January 12, 2013. BC had gone 9-0-3 in the previous 12 games versus UNH.
- Six goals are the most in a game for UNH this season. This is the first time they've scored six goals since December 6, 2017 at RPI.
- Blackburn extends his point-streak to 11 games with six goals and nine assists for 15 points.
- Crookshank extends his point-streak to eight games with five goals and seven assists for 12 points.
- This is Grasso's 14th career multi-point game.