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UNH men’s hockey falls below .500 with 3-2 loss to BU at home

  • UNH's Brendan van Riemsdyk (7) takes a shot during Friday's hockey game at Whittemore Center at UNH in Durham on Jan. 12, 2018. UNH lost to Boston University, 3-2. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • UNH's Kohei Sato (18) takes control of the puck during Friday's hockey game at Whittemore Center at UNH in Durham on Jan. 12, 2018. UNH lost to Boston University, 3-2. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • UNH's Kohei Sato (18) loses control of the puck behind the net during Friday's hockey game at Whittemore Center at UNH in Durham on Jan. 12, 2018. UNH lost to Boston University, 3-2. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • New Hampshire’s Ara Nazarian (22) weaves through the defense during Friday’s game at the Whittemore Center at UNH in Durham. UNH lost to Boston University, 3-2. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Head coach Dick Umile and the UNH bench watch the action during Friday's hockey game at Whittemore Center at UNH in Durham on Jan. 12, 2018. UNH lost to Boston University, 3-2. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Head coach Dick Umile and the UNH bench watch the action during Friday's hockey game at Whittemore Center at UNH in Durham on Jan. 12, 2018. UNH lost to Boston University, 3-2. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • UNH goalie Adam Clark (41) makes a save during Friday's hockey game at Whittemore Center at UNH in Durham on Jan. 12, 2018. UNH lost to Boston University, 3-2. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Head coach Dick Umile and the UNH bench watch the action during Friday's hockey game at Whittemore Center at UNH in Durham on Jan. 12, 2018. UNH lost to Boston University, 3-2. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Saturday, January 13, 2018

DURHAM – Eric MacAdams is the kind of player that University of New Hampshire men’s hockey coach Dick Umile gets excited about.

The freshman forward from Salem, Mass., is far from the largest body on the team at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, but he’s earned the respect of UNH’s longtime bench boss with his vigorous pursuit of the puck.

“MacAdams is hard-nosed, tough, just a really good hockey player,” Umile said. “He’s strong on the puck, he can shoot. He’s been playing very well for us.”

MacAdams scored one and helped with another, but that was all the Wildcats could muster in a 3-2 loss to Boston University at the Whittemore Center on Friday.

It was MacAdams’s second game with multiple points this season. He scored two goals against Army on Dec. 9, which ended in a 4-3 loss for the ’Cats. He now has five goals and one assist this season.

MacAdams is one of Umile’s sturdiest soldiers having played in all 21 games this season. His numbers could rise further if he continues playing alongside seniors Jason Salvaggio and Michael McNicholas. Umile has kept them together on the same line for the last three games.

“Offensively we worked, played our games, got pucks in and challenged their (defense),” MacAdams said. “We know they have a talented D corps so just trying to grind them down, especially I thought (McNicholas) and Sal played a really good game. I think we’re really clicking.”

The Wildcats (9-10-2, 4-6-1 in Hockey East) dropped below .500 for the first time this season. They’re 0-5-1 in their last six. They’ll have another shot at snapping out of this funk when they head to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to face the league-leading Boston College Eagles.

Umile was happier with the effort of his players than he was with the result, an improvement over their 4-4 tie with Brown last weekend.

“Believe me it’s disappointing losing a game and we’re in a tough spot, but we have to answer with how hard we play,” Umile said. “We can’t win when you get in a hole like this without playing hard but (we) played hard and gave (ourselves) an opportunity.”

Salvaggio scored the second goal for the Wildcats, finishing off a textbook 2-on-1 break into the offensive zone with MacAdams feeding him from the right side. When the puck hit his stick, Salvaggio was looking at a wide open net.

The goal gave UNH a 2-1 lead barely a minute and a half into the second period.

The Terriers tied it back up five minutes later with Hank Crone shuffling the puck from behind the net to Ty Amonte closing in on the crease. Amonte connected in perfect time to beat UNH netminder Adam Clark.

BU pulled ahead for good with less than two minutes to play in the second period. Jordan Greenway scored on a wraparound, depositing the puck safely around the pipe.

The Terriers got the bounce-back they were looking for after being shutout at home against Maine on Dec. 6.

“I’m just really happy, obviously,” BU coach David Quinn said. “We needed a win for a lot of reasons and it’s been such a disjointed time for us over the last month.”

Quinn said the Terrier’s roster has been hit hard with the flu over the last few weeks. They haven’t had their full squad on the ice for a practice in more the a month. UNH defenseman Anthony Wyse made his return Friday night after battling the flu.

The Terriers and Wildcats were tied after a first period that had its share of head-scratching moments.

The first came when BU took a 1-0 lead four and a half minutes into the game. Brandon Hickey fired the puck from the blue line toward the crease, where it deflected off Clark. UNH defenseman Richard Boyd was there to handle the loose puck near the crease, but when he tried to bang it off the end boards to avoid danger, he inadvertently sent it into his own net. The power-play goal was credited to Shane Bowers.

“Richie was trying to clear it and basically we put it in our own net,” Umile said.

By the end of the period, BU had two goals overturned after video review found both had been kicked in the net. Of course this frustrated Quinn and his players, but the coach sought the silver lining of those plays.

“The fact that we’re in a position to have those goals waved off is a good sign,” he said.

It was Clark’s first start in net since Nov. 12, 2016. The senior finished with a career-high 35 saves.

“Adam Clark did a solid job,” Umile said. “He’s big, he’s a great leader in the locker room. He’s handled it well – not playing – and he deserved an opportunity to start and he did his job. That’s all you can ask of whoever you put in there.”

Clark has been on and off the ice the last couple of seasons while dealing with shoulder issues. In that time, fellow senior Danny Tirone has ascended to the starting role. Tirone had started every game this season before sitting out Friday night while Clark took the ice.

(Nick Stoico can be reached at nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)