COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Wildcats tied the game on three different occasions, while sophomore defenseman Max Gildon (Plano, Texas) posted one goal and two assists for three points as the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team tied Colorado College, 3-3, on Friday night at the Broadmoor World Arena. Sophomore goaltender Mike Robinson (Bedford, N.H.) made a career-best 34 saves.
- The Wildcats will conclude their trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., when they take on Colorado College on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8:00 p.m. (ET).
- The home opener at the Whittemore Center is Saturday, Oct. 27 versus Vermont at 7:00 p.m. The first 1,000 fans will receive the official game day t-shirt. You can buy tickets by calling the Whittemore Center Box Office at (603) 862-4000 or by visiting UNHWildcats.com.
Score: New Hampshire 3, Colorado College 3 (OT)
Records: UNH (0-2-1), CC (3-1-1)
Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. (Broadmoor World Arena)
Date: Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
Time: 9:30 p.m. (ET)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Wildcats killed off two early penalties as the game remained tied at 0-0.
- With just 1:00 remaining in the first period, Westin Michaud sent the faceoff to Bryan Yoon who passed the puck to Grant Cruikshank who then blasted a one-timer slapshot to the back of the net for the power play goal.
- Robinson made 13 saves for UNH as the Tigers outshot the Wildcats by a 14-8 margin in the first period, while CC went 1-3 on the power play.
- At 15:45 of the second period, the Wildcats tied the game at 1-1 when Gildon ripped a shot from the blue line to the glove side of the net for his first goal of the season. Sophomore forward Charlie Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman defenseman Will MacKinnon (Plymouth, Mich.) each posted an assist.
- UNH outshot CC by a 13-4 margin in the second period, while the Wildcats went 0-2 on the man-advantage.
- At 6:08 of the third period, the Tigers took a 2-1 lead when Alex Berardinelli scored on a rebound.
- But just 16 seconds later, freshman forward Angus Crookshank (North Vancouver, British Columbia) netted his first collegiate goal when he sent the puck to the lower glove side of the net off a pass from Gildon. Kelleher also posted an assist on the goal.
- At 8:09, CC went up 3-2 when Chris Wilkie fired a one-timer to the back of the net on the power play.
- But for the third time in the game, UNH scored the equalizer when junior forward Liam Blackburn (Prince George, British Columbia) knocked in the puck from right in front of the net for his first goal of the season. Gildon recorded his third point of the game with an assist. Sophomore forward Joe Sacco (Reading, Mass.) also tallied an assist on the goal.
- After neither team could score again in the third period, the game went to overtime tied at 3-3.
- Robinson made five saves to prevent the Tigers from scoring the game-winner including two big saves with less than five seconds remaining for the 3-3 final score. The Wildcats took three shots.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- UNH outshot CC by a 42-37 margin.
- Robinson tallied a career-best 34 saves, while Alex Leclerc recorded 39.
- The Wildcats went 0-3 on the power play and the Tigers went 2-7.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
- Gildon posted one goal and two assists for three points. It was the second time in his career he has recorded three points and the third time he has posted two assists.
- Gildon has at least one point in the first three games of the season with one goal and four assists for five points.
- Gildon has netted five goals and two assists for seven points versus Colorado College in three games against the Tigers. Last year he scored a hat-trick in the 6-3 win at the Whittemore Center on Oct. 20, while he netted UNH's lone goal in the 2-1 overtime loss on Oct. 21.
- The goal by Crookshank was the first of his career.
- The assist by MacKinnon was his first collegiate point.
- This is the sixth time in his career that Kelleher has posted two assists.
- The Wildcats lead the all-time series 15-7-2 and 6-3-2 at CC.