Maine ousts UNH men’s hockey, ends Umile’s 28-year run as coach

Monitor staff
Sunday, March 04, 2018

The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team has reached the end of its season, and with that also comes the end of the coach Dick Umile’s 28-year career behind the Wildcats’ bench.

The Wildcats were dispatched from the first round of the Hockey East tournament in two games at the hands of border rival Maine. The Black Bears won, 3-2, in Orono on Saturday night and will move on to the quarterfinals.

For the second night in a row, Liam Blackburn gave the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead in the first period.

Maine answered with three goals over the second and third periods, and took a two-goal lead on Eduards Tralmaks’ power-play strike with 2:28 left in the third.

UNH freshman Benton Maass scored with 54 seconds left, giving the Wildcats a shimmer of hope that ultimately was not fulfilled.

Senior netminder Danny Tirone made 40 saves in his final game with UNH. Maine freshman Jeremy Swayman finished with 27 saves.

Umile closes his coaching career with 596 wins, all with his alma mater UNH.