DURHAM, N.H. - Trailing 4-0 in the second period, the Wildcats scored five of the next six goals as the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team tied No. 15 Yale, 5-5, Saturday evening at the Whittemore Center. With the tie, the Wildcats are now 6-7-6 overall and are 5-1-3 over the last nine games, while the Bulldogs are now 7-4-3. Junior Brendan van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) posted a career-best two goals, while junior Anthony Wyse (Newton, Mass.) recorded a career-high three points with one goal and two assists. UNH netted two shorthanded goals on the night.
- The Wildcats will return to action on Friday, Jan. 11 when they hit the road to play Boston University at 7:30 p.m. Then UNH returns to the Whittemore Center on Saturday, Jan. 12 to take on Boston College at 7 p.m. on ESPN+. The game will be Mascot Night and mini hockey sticks will be the giveaway. You can buy tickets by calling the Whittemore Center Box Office at (603) 862-4000 or by visiting UNHWildcats.com..
SKATE WITH THE 'CATS:
- Back by popular demand is the annual Skate with the 'Cats in Portsmouth, New Hampshire! Join members of the men's and women's hockey teams and the UNH mascots at Labrie Family Skate at Puddledock Pond in Strawbery Banke on Sunday, Jan. 6 from 9:30-11 a.m. Enjoy hot chocolate and a poster signing! Regular admission rates apply. Rentals available on site.
Score: New Hampshire 5, Yale 5 (OT)
Records: New Hampshire (6-7-6, 2-4-3 HEA), Yale (7-4-3, 6-2-1 ECAC)
Location: Durham, N.H. (Whittemore Center)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Yale got on the board at 14:21 of the first period when Robbie DeMontis took a wrist shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle that went past freshman Ty Taylor (Richmond, British Columbia) to make the score 1-0. The goal came off a pass from Kevin O'Neil and was also assisted by Joe Snively.
- After pulling their goalie on a four-on-four due to a delayed penalty on the Wildcats, the Bulldogs scored again at 16:36 of the first period with an extra man. The goal was scored by Billy Sweezey after he took a wrist shot that went to the lower glove side of the net to make the score 2-0.
- The Bulldogs increased their lead at 17:11 of the first period after a power play goal from Snively taken from the center of the right face-off circle to the upper glove side of the net.
- Yale outshot UNH 9-4 in the first period. The Bulldogs went 1-3 on the power play while the Wildcats went 0-2.
- The Bulldogs scored a shorthanded goal at 4:20 of the second when Chandler Lindstrand took a slap shot that went to the upper stick side of the net to make the score 4-0. The goal was assisted by Snively and Sweezey.
- Sophomore Mike Robinson (Bedford, N.H.) replaced Taylor in net at 4:20 of the second period.
- UNH scored a power play goal at 5:22 in to the second period when van Riemsdyk took a wrist shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle to the lower glove side of the net. The goal was assisted by sophomore Patrick Grasso (Ankeny, Iowa) and senior Richard Boyd (Delray Beach, Fla.)
- The Wildcats scored a shorthanded goal at 9:43 of the second period after senior Anthony Wyse (Newton, Mass.) took a wrist shot from the center of the left face-off circle that went to the upper glove side of the net. The goal was assisted by senior Marcus Vela (Burnaby, British Columbia).
- Yale added to its lead at 12:12 of the second period when DeMontis took a wrist shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle to the lower stick side of the net to make the score 5-2.
- The Wildcats scored another shorthanded goal at 12:57 of the second period when van Riemsdyk took a wrist shot from the slot to the lower glove side of the net to make the score 5-3. The goal was assisted by junior Liam Blackburn (Prince George, British Columbia) and Wyse.
- During the second period each team took six shots while Yale went 0-4 on the man-advantage and UNH went 1-2.
- UNH cut the deficit to 5-4 at 2:36 of the third period with a goal from freshman Eric Esposito (West Haven, Conn.) after he knocked the loose puck past Corbin Kaczperski. The goal was assisted by Wyse and Sophomore Kohei Sato (Nishitokyo, Japan).
- Sam Tucker took over in net for the Bulldogs at 2:36 of the third period.
- The Wildcats tied the score when junior Justin Fregona (Mississauga, Ontario) took a wrist shot from the center of the right faceoff circle that went to the lower glove side of the net. The goal was assisted by freshman Angus Crookshank (North Vancouver, British Columbia) and freshman Will MacKinnon (Plymouth, Mich.).
- At the end of the third period, the score remained tied at 5-5 sending the game into overtime.
- Neither team was able to score the game-winner in overtime for the 5-5 final score.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- UNH and Yale put 24 shots on net.
- The Wildcats went 1-5 on the power play and the Bulldogs went 1-7.
- Taylor made six saves, while Robinson posted 13 for the Wildcats. Kaczperski made eight saves for the Bulldogs, while Tucker had 11.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
- This is van Riemsdyk's first multi-goal game of his career. This was also his second shorthanded goal of the season.
- Esposito's goal was the first of his collegiate career.
- The five goals are a season-high for the Wildcats.
- Wyse scored a career high three points.
- Nine of the 19 games have gone to overtime. UNH is 2-1-6 in those games. The most overtime games played in a season for UNH is 12 in 2009-2010. And the most ties are seven also in 2009-2010.
- Blackburn extends his point-streak to nine games with three goals and nine assists for 12 points. This is the longest point streak of the season.
Crookshank extends his point-streak to six games with four goals and five assists for nine points.