New Hampshire Earns Weekend Sweep With 5-1 Win Over UConn
Senior forward Matt Willows has two goals and assist for Wildcats

Senior forward Matt Willows had two goals and assist for the Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:18  UNH1-0 EV Jay Camper (2)Warren Foegele/9, John Furgele/8
2nd 9:12  UNH2-0 EV GW Tyler Kelleher (14)Dan Correale/10, Matias Cleland/9
2nd 17:13  CON1-2 EV Trevor Gerling (10)Patrick Kirtland/4, Kasperi Ojantakanen/10
2nd 17:55  UNH3-1 EV Matias Cleland (6)Matt Willows/12, Grayson Downing/11
3rd 4:58  UNH4-1 EV Matt Willows (16)Casey Thrush/16, Grayson Downing/12
3rd 8:10  UNH5-1 EV Matt Willows (17)Grayson Downing/13, Casey Thrush/17
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Connecticut  0101
New Hampshire  1225
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Connecticut  108725
New Hampshire  18131344
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Connecticut (9-17-7)  0/2 2/4 0
New Hampshire (13-17-2)  0/2 2/4 0
Connecticut Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Rob Nichols (L, 8-17-7)60:005 17111139
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Daniel Tirone (W, 8-4-0)60:001 107724

DURHAM, N.H. -- Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) and Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) recorded three points apiece to lead the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 5-1 Hockey East victory against the University of Connecticut at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, which completed the series sweep on the heels of Friday night's 4-1 win at UConn, extended its winning streak to three games to improve to 13-17-2 overall and 8-11-1 in Hockey East. UConn is now 9-17-7, 6-11-4.

Willows recorded two goals and an assist while Downing assisted on the last three goals of the game. Matias Cleland (Longmont, Colo.; goal, assist) and Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.; two assists) finished with multiple points.

Jay Camper (Rocky River, Ohio) and Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored UNH's other goals. Daniel Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.) improved to 8-4-0 with a 24-save effort.

UConn goalie Rob Nichols made double-digit saves all three periods (17-11-11) for a total of 39. Trevor Gerling scored the Huskies' goal.

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission with an 18-10 shot advantage. Camper gave the 'Cats a 1-0 lead at 6:18 when he blasted a rising shot from the slot into the net. The scoring sequence began when John Furgele (Glen Mills, Pa.) fired a shot wide right of the cage. Warren Foegele (Unionville, Ontario) corralled the rebound off the end boards and centered a pass to Camper for the primary assist.

UNH outscored UConn 2-1 in the second period with a 13-8 shot advantage to build a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes. Kelleher made it 2-0 at 9:12 when he was standing at the top of the crease and redirected the Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia) centering pass into the net Cleland, who swung the puck from the slot to Correale on the right wing, was also credited with an assist.

New Hampshire immediately went on the power play and Downing snapped a shot from the slot that was stopped by Nichols. One minute later, Andrew Poturalski (Williamsville, N.Y.) fired a one-timer from the left faceoff dot toward the far post, but Nichols extended his left arm for the glove save. Twenty seconds after the skater advantage expired, Nichols sticked aside Cleland's slap shot from the left point and also stoned Willows off the rebound at the left post.

The Huskies closed within 2-1 at 17:13. From the slot, Patrick Kirtland pushed the puck low to the right side where Gerling deposited a shot into the cage.

It took UNH 42 seconds to respond with a goal and reestablish a two-goal lead of 3-1 at 17:55 when Cleland gathered Willows' pass at the top of the left circle and blasted a shot into the top-left corner.

The 'Cats outscored the Huskies 2-0 in the third -- Willows potted the goals at 4:58 and 8:10 -- on the strength of a 12-6 shot advantage. He gave UNH a 4-1 lead when he looped into the right circle and snapped a hard centering pass toward the low slot that ricocheted off a UConn defender into the net. Willows struck again when his one-timer from the right faceoff dot sailed inside the near post. Downing, with the pass from behind the net, and Thrush were credited with assists.

New Hampshire concludes the regular season next weekend with two home games against Merrimack College. The teams face off Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised on WBIN and Fox College Sports, and Senior Day is Feb. 28 (5 p.m.).