Junior forward Angus Crookshank scored two goals for the Wildcats
Crookshank Scores Twice As New Hampshire Defeats Maine, 6-2
Junior forward Angus Crookshank scored two goals for the Wildcats

DURHAM, N.H. - Junior forward Angus Crookshank (North Vancouver, British Columbia) scored two goals to lead the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a 6-2 victory over Maine on Saturday at the Whittemore Center. The Wildcats improve to 1-0-1 (1-0-1 HEA) and the Black Bears fall to 0-1-1 (0-1-1 HEA).

Junior forward Jackson Pierson (Zionsville, Ind.) and senior captain Charlie Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) also turned in multi-point performances, while freshman Cam Gendron (Hampstead, N.H.) and sophomore Joe Hankinson (Hopkins, Minn.) both scored their first career goals and also recorded assists.

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Score: New Hampshire 6, Maine 2
Records: New Hampshire (1-0-1, 1-0-1 HEA), Maine (0-1-1, 0-1-1 HEA)
Location: Durham, N.H. (Whittemore Center)
Date: Friday, December 12, 2020


- Maine got off to a fast start scoring 4:50 into the game on the power play when Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup wristed one glove side from the top of the slot.

- Crookshank evened the score with 9:18 left in the first period on the power play from just above the crease. Sophomore defenseman Kalle Eriksson (Leksand, Sweden) and Kelleher notched assists on the goal.

- Senior assistant captain Benton Maass (Elk River, Minn.) gave UNH the lead after he had drawn a penalty and while the referee's hand was in the air, Matthew Thiessen kicked a rebound out to the left circle where Maass was there to bury it. Sophomore Lucas Herrmann (Lancaster, N.Y.) and Hankinson posted assists on the goal.

- UNH increased its lead to 3-1 just 46 seconds later on the power play when senior assistant captain Patrick Grasso (Ankeny, Iowa) found a loose puck sitting on top of the crease and flipped one over Thiessen's shoulder. Kelleher and Pierson received assists on the goal.

- After the first period, UNH outshot Maine 12-9. The Wildcats were 2-2 on the power play and the Black Bears were 1-1.

- Maine made it 3-2 after Emil Westerlund scored off of a rebound on the power play with 12:52 left in the second period. Schmidt-Svejstrup and Brad Morrissey were credited with the assists.

- Senior goaltender Mike Robinson (Bedford, N.H.) made a string of important saves on a Black Bear power play in the back half of the second period.

- At the end of two periods, Maine had outshot UNH 22-20. The Black Bears' power play was 2-5, while the Wildcats were 2-3.

- Crookshank potted his second of the game as he caught a pass from Pierson and sped around the Maine defense along the right wing, cut towards the net, and flipped one past Thiessen to make it 4-2 UNH with 16:36 remaining in the third period. Freshman defenseman Nikolai Jenson (Cold Spring, Minn.) was also credited with an assist.

- Gendron netted his first career collegiate goal after he laid a hit on a Maine player, found the puck and let one rip from the bottom of the right circle short-side top shelf with 8:07 left in the third period.

- Hankinson scored an empty net goal for his first career goal with 1:36 remaining in the third period.


- Robinson made 32 saves and improves to 1-0-1, while Matthew Thiessen posted 27 saves and stands at 0-1-1.

- Maine outshot UNH by a 34-33 margin.

- The Wildcats went 2-4 on the power play and the Black Bears finished 2-6.


- Gendron and Hankinson both recorded their first career collegiate goals.

- Jenson's assists marks the first point of his career.

- Crookshank's two goal game stands as the fifth of his career.

- Five different Wildcats posted two-point efforts.

- Ten different UNH players appeared on the score sheet with five different goal scorers.

Game Summary

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Game statistics
34 Shots 33
2 / 6 Power Plays 2 / 4
6 / 23 PIM 7 / 14
0-1-1 Records 1-0-1
Maine New Hampshire
Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup (1)
1st/4:50 PP
Angus Crookshank (1)
1st/10:42 PP
Benton Maass (1)
1st/15:56  EA
Patrick Grasso (1)
1st/16:41 PP GW
Emil Westerlund (1)
2nd/7:08 PP
Angus Crookshank (2)
Cam Gendron (1)
Joe Hankinson (1)
3rd/18:24  EN
Maine New Hampshire
Matthew Thiessen
59:09, 27 Saves, 5 GA
(L, 0-1-1)

Empty Net
0:51, 1 GA
Mike Robinson
59:52, 32 Saves, 2 GA
(W, 1-0-1)

Empty Net
0:08, 0 GA