A 'Cat eat dog world
DURHAM - John Henrion and Nick Sorkin scored first-period goals 18 seconds apart to turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead and propel the 15th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team a 4-1 victory last night over No. 11 Boston University.
UNH remains unbeaten at 3-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in Hockey East, while BU moves to 1-1-0 both overall and in league play.
Ten Wildcats recorded a point in a balanced attack. The other goal scorers were Eric Knodel and Scott Pavelski, while Casey DeSmith finished with 24 saves.
BU starting goalie Sean Maguire exited the game with the Terriers trailing 4-1 at 12:19 of the second period and 10 saves to his credit. Matt O'Connor went the rest of the way and stopped all 15 shots he faced, including 13 in the third period.
Boston University took a 1-0 lead 43 seconds into the first period when Wade Megan notched his first goal of the season. Megan received the puck from Evan Rodrigues and fired a shot that hit DeSmith and bounced into the net.
The Wildcats responded at 8:52 when Casey Thrush dished the puck to Henrion, who rifled a shot past Maquire. Just 18 seconds later, Sorkin gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead with his second goal of the year. Sorkin found the puck at the top of the crease and stuffed it into the net for the goal. Connor Hardowa and Dalton Speelman assisted.
BU opened the second period on the power play and tested DeSmith, but the UNH netminder turned aside Matt Nieto's close-range shot to preserve the Wildcats' one-goal lead.
And when the Terriers were whistled for hooking, it took UNH just six seconds to convert. Kevin Goumas drew the faceoff back to Knodel, who ripped a shot from the top of the right circle into the upper-left corner of the net to extend the lead to 3-1.
The 'Cats struck again at 6:42. Dan Correale led a rush into the attack zone and advanced the puck ahead to Matt Willows in the right circle. Willows fanned on a shot at the faceoff dot, but maintained possession and carried into the corner, where he dropped the puck back to Pavelski, whose low wrister trickled underneath Maguire and across the goal line.
UNH nearly potted another goal at 12:16, when Grayson Downing corralled a loose puck in the slot and snapped a shot that beat Maguire but ricocheted off the crossbar.
A scrum in front of DeSmith resulted in five penalties and a power play for BU at 16:49, but UNH limited the Terriers to one shot during that skater advantage.
The 'Cats were once again denied by the iron when Downing, who collected Speelman's outlet pass, skated alone down the slot and fired a shot that caromed off the post five minutes into the third period.
UNH went on a power play at 6:19, but BU nearly netted a shorthanded goal moments later. From behind the net, Matt Neito centered the puck low in the slot to Alexx Privitera, but his one-timer was stopped by DeSmith.