DURHAM, N.H. - Junior Max Gildon (Plano, Texas) tied the game at 1-1 in the third period and sophomore Filip Engarås (Stockholm, Sweden) netted the game-winning goal as the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team defeated Vermont, 2-1, on Saturday night at the Whittemore Center. The Wildcats now improve to 15-11-2 (9-8-1 HEA) on the season, while the Catamounts fall to 3-20-4 (0-15-2 HEA).
The Wildcats sweep the two-game series versus the Catamounts, as UNH won 6-3 on Friday. The last time UNH swept a Hockey East weekend series was against No. 5 UMass Lowell on October 6-7, 2017.
UNH is currently tied for fifth place in the Hockey East standings with Boston University with 19 points. The top eight teams qualify for the Hockey East Tournament.
UP NEXT: The Wildcats will take on Boston University in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15 at 7 p.m. Friday's game is "Blue Out BU" presented by Kennebunk Savings Bank at the Whittemore Center on NESNplus as hot dogs are only $1. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Blue UNH winter hat. Then on Saturday the teams will play at Agganis Arena on CBS All Access.
Score: New Hampshire 2, Vermont 1
Records: New Hampshire (15-11-2, 9-8-1 HEA), Vermont (3-20-4, 0-15-2 HEA)
Location: Durham, N.H. (Whittemore Center)
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- At 11:34 of the first period, Vermont went on a two-man-advantage power play for 1:30. The Wildcats took a defensive stand, only allowing UVM one shot, keeping the score tied at 0-0.
- During the first period, UNH outshot UVM 14-8.
- UVM was the first to get on the scoreboard at 16:03 of the second period when Corey Moriarty capitalized on a short-handed opportunity, with a pass across the crease from Derek Lodermeier, as Moriarty ripped a low shot past the stick-side of junior goaltender Mike Robinson (Bedford, N.H.).
- UNH outshot UVM 8-6 during the second period.
- The Wildcats tied the game 1-1 just 30 seconds into the third period during a five-minute man-advantage, when junior Max Gildon (Plano, Texas) sent a one-timer slap shot soaring past Stefanos Lekkas' glove side after a pass from the bottom of the circle by junior Patrick Grasso (Ankeny, Iowa).
- The Wildcats took a 2-1 lead at 15:14 of the third period after sophomore Filip Engarås (Stockholm, Sweden) buried the puck with a backhand shot into the stick side of the net from the crease, after a quick pass from junior Eric MacAdams (Salem, Mass.) who was on the side of the net.
- UNH outshot UVM 18-3 in the third period, holding off the Catamounts to win 2-1.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Robinson made 16 saves while Lekkas posted 38.
- UNH outshot UVM by a 40-17 margin.
- The Wildcats went 1-9 on the power play and the Catamounts finished 0-5.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
- Both Gildon and Engarås scored their sevenths goals of the season, with Engarås now scoring in back-to-back games.
- Gildon is now on a five-game point streak, with one goal and four assists for five points.
- Grasso's assist from tonight puts him on a four-game point streak, with three goals and two assists for five points.
- UNH is 10-3-1 at the Whittemore Center this season.
- UNH leads Vermont 82-27-10 overall and 19-9-4 at the Whittemore Center.