COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With UNH trailing 4-2, senior captain Marcus Vela (Burnaby, British Columbia) scored with just 2:31 left in the third period, the Wildcats then played the final 2:09 with an empty net but were unable to find the equalizer as the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell to Colorado College, 4-3, on Saturday evening at the Broadmoor World Arena. CC takes the two-game series as the teams skated to a 3-3 tie on Friday.
The Wildcats will return to action for the home opener at the Whittemore Center on Saturday, Oct. 27 versus Vermont at 7:00 p.m. The first 1,000 fans will receive the official game day t-shirt.
Score: Colorado College 4, New Hampshire 3
Records: UNH (0-3-1), CC (4-1-1)
Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. (Broadmoor World Arena)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Time: 8:00 p.m. (ET)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Just 1:43 after the opening faceoff the Tigers took an early 1-0 lead when Try Bradley scored.
- The Wildcats responded to tie the game at 1-1 at 6:50 when freshman forward Jackson Pierson (Zionsville, Ind.) sent a pass to senior forward Ara Nazarian (Boxford, Mass.) who sent a one-timer to the lower stick side of the net for the power play goal. Sophomore forward Charlie Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) also posted an assist on the goal.
- But Ty Pochipinski then gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead at 7:52 with a goal in his collegiate debut.
- Nick Halloran then increased the CC lead to 3-1 at 10:37. Sophomore goalie Mike Robinson (Bedford, N.H.) then replaced freshman Ty Taylor (Richmond, British Columbia) in net.
- At 13:17, senior defenseman Richard Boyd (Delray Beach, Fla.) found the back of the net to cut the CC lead to 3-2. Freshman forward Angus Crookshank (North Vancouver, British Columbia) and senior defenseman Matt Dawson (Delta, British Columbia) each tallied an assist on the goal.
- CC concluded the period with its fourth goal when Bryan Yoon sent a loose puck to the back of the net at 17:49.
- CC outshot UNH, 15-10 in the first period, while the Wildcats went 1-2 on the power play and the Tigers went 0-1.
- Neither team was able to score in the second period as CC outshot UNH, 10-9, and the Tigers went 0-3 on the man-advantage.
- With 2:55 remaining in the third period, the Wildcats went with the empty for the extra skater and capitalized when Vela knocked the puck to the lower right side of the net off passes from Nazarian and sophomore defenseman Max Gildon (Plano, Texas) with just 2:31 left.
- The Wildcats then played with an empty net for the last 2:09 but were unable to score the equalizer for the 4-3 final score.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- UNH outshot CC by a 30-29 margin.
- Robinson made 19 saves and Taylor tallied six. Alex Leclerc recorded 27 to earn the win.
- The Wildcats went 1-3 on the power play and the Tigers went 0-5.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
- Gildon has at least one point in the first four games of the season with one goal and five assists for six points.
- Gildon has posted five goals and three assists for eight points versus Colorado College in four games against the Tigers.
- Kelleher is a on a two-game point streak as he posted two assists on Friday and one tonight.
- Crookshank also has at least one point in two straight games. He scored his first collegiate goal on Friday and posted an assist tonight.
- Nazarian, Boyd and Vela each scored their first goal of the season.