New Hampshire men's hockey shuts out Providence, 3-0

DURHAM, N.H. -- The second-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team shut out No.11 Providence College 3-0 in front of a sell-out crowd of 6,501 at the Whittemore Center Arena on Friday night. Concord, New Hampshire native junior Mick Mounsey led the Wildcats with two points on the evening, a goal and an assist.

UNH (6-1-2, 4-1-1 HE) dominated early as sophomore forward Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) recorded his fifth goal of the season beating freshman Providence netminder Bobby Goepfert to give New Hampshire a 1-0 lead at 11:44 of the first stanza. Senior assitant captain Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.) and Mounsey were credited with the helpers.

The Wildcats took at 2-0 lead just after the halfway point of the game when Mounsey scored his first goal of the season and his second point of the game at 11:07 of the middle frame. Junior Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) passed Mounsey rocketed a shot past Goepfert from high in the slot. Junior forward Nathan Martz (Chillwack, B.C.) was given the second assist.

New Hampshire's steady defense and solid goaltending kept the Friars (8-3-0, 3-3-0) off the scoreboard. Saviano rounded out the Wildcats offensive rush, etching an empty net goal at 19:56 of the third period. Junior Mike Lubesnick (Northbrook, Ill.) had the lone assist on the play.

Junior netminder Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) had 24 saves in his second shutout of the season and improved his record to 4-1-1 in Hockey East play. Providence's Goepert had 36 saves in the lost.

The Wildcats are back in action when they face off against the No.1 Eagles of Boston College on Tuesday night at Conte Forum . Game time is at 7 p.m.

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