DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore Angus Crookshank (North Vancouver, British Columbia) recorded the fastest goal scored to start a game in University of New Hampshire men's hockey history, just nine seconds into the contest, to lift the Wildcats past Yale 4-1 on Friday night at the Whittemore Center. Sophomore Eric Esposito (West Haven, Conn.) netted the game-winning goal to extend his point streak to four games.
The Wildcats now improve to 9-8-1 (4-5-0 HEA) on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 5-8-0 (4-6-0 ECAC). Sophomore Filip Engarås (Stockholm, Sweden) (1G, 1A) and junior Max Gildon (Plano, Texas) (2A) both recorded two-point games.
UP NEXT: UNH will return to the Whittemore Center on Saturday, Jan. 4 against Brown on NESN at 7 p.m. for Youth Night as there will be games and a balloon artist in the lobby, and the Wildcats will hold a post game autograph session. Individual game tickets with affordable options that start as low as $9 and a convenient six-ticket flexible miniplan can be purchased for the season by calling the Whittemore Center Box Office at (603) 862-4000 or by visiting UNHWildcats.com.
Score: New Hampshire 4, Yale 1
Records: New Hampshire (9-8-1, 4-5-0 HEA), Yale (5-8-0, 4-6-0 ECAC)
Location: Durham, N.H. (Whittemore Center)
Date: Friday, January 3, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Just nine seconds into the game, Crookshank found the puck after the opening face-off and skated it into the offensive zone on the right wing. He beat his defender with speed, drove the net and flipped the puck over Corbin Kaczperski's blocker. Junior Charlie Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Gildon were credited with the assists.
- With just under eight minutes left in the first period, sophomore goaltender Ty Taylor (Richmond, British Columbia) stopped Luke Stevens with a blocker save on a wide-open chance in front of the net.
- After the first period, the Bulldogs outshot the Wildcats 10-5. Yale was 0-1 on the power play and UNH was 0-2.
- At 6:59 of the second period, Esposito made it 2-0 UNH with a quick one-timer from the left circle off a feed from Engarås who was behind the net. Esposito put it over the glove of Kaczperski and under the bar.
- At 13:26 of the second period, Will D'Orsi put Yale on the board with a power play goal with a shot from the slot through traffic that found the twine blocker side. Dante Palecco and Graham Lillibridge had the assists.
- The Wildcats outshot the Bulldogs 11-8 in the second period. Yale was 1-2 on the power play and UNH was 0-2.
At 12:20 of the third period, Engarås extended the UNH lead to 3-1 after a give-and-go on a two-on-one with junior Kohei Sato (Nishitokyo, Japan) gave him a redirection opportunity from the right side of the net.
- At 17:56 of the third period, junior Patrick Grasso (Ankeny, Iowa) put the icing on the cake with an empty netter from the center ice to make it 4-1 UNH. Freshman Chase Stevenson (West Kelowna, British Columbia) tallied an assist.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Taylor made 28 saves to improve to 4-0-0 on the season, while Kaczperski posted 21 saves.
- Yale outshot UNH by a 29-25 margin.
- The Wildcats went 0-4 on the power play and the Bulldogs finished 1-3.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
- Crookshank's goal at nine seconds was the fastest goal scored to open a game in school history. It breaks the school record of 10 seconds that was done three different times (Glenn Hunter @ Clarkson, Jan. 25, 1975, Bob Brandt vs. Dartmouth, Dec. 4, 1968, Donald Perkins vs. Springfield, Jan. 25, 1941).
- Taylor recorded a career high 28 saves.
- Esposito extended his point streak to four games with his first goal of the season.
- Engarås recorded his first career multi-point game (1G, 1A).
- Gildon notched his 12th multi-point game of his career (2 A).
- UNH's 6-1-0 home record is the best home start in eight seasons (2012-13) when the Wildcats also started 6-1-0.
- The Wildcats are now 2-2-1 against the Bulldogs in their last five matchups.
- UNH now leads the all-time series against Yale 20-13-1.