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UNH hockey team gives up lead in 3-2 loss to Merrimack

’Cats let it get away

The University of New Hampshire hockey team failed to hold on to a second-period lead and lost to Merrimack, 3-2, on the road last night.

The Wildcats (14-6-2, 9-5-1 Hockey East) erased a 1-0 deficit when Eric Knodel (sixth) and Casey Thrush (fourth) scored six minutes apart in the second period, making it 2-1. Austin Block and Nick Sorkin assisted on Knodel’s goal, and Connor Hardowa had the helper on Thrush’s tally.

But Merrimack (10-9-5, 8-5-2) tied the game 32 seconds after Thrush’s goal when Mike Collins scored his second goal of the game. Brian Christie connected for the eventual winner just seven seconds into the third period. Christie also assisted on both of Collins’s goals.

Goalie Jeff Wyer made his first start in net for the Wildcats this season and stopped a career-high 32 shots, but saw his record this season fall to 1-2.

UNH, which is ranked fourth nationally, lost consecutive Hockey East games for the first time this season and now sits in third place in the conference.

The teams meet again today at 5 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.

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