LOWELL, Mass. – John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) registered a goal and an assist including the game-winner to lift the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team to Saturday night's 2-1 win over Massachusetts-Lowell in Hockey East action at Tsongas Center.
UNH, which stretches its unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2), improves to 4-1-2 overall, 2-0-1 Hockey East. UML is now 2-6-2, 2-6-0 HE.
Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.) broke the ice at 4:25 of the first as the sophomore scored on a wrister from the left slot. The play was setup on a pin-point right-to-left pass from John Henrion (Holden, Mass.), while Matt Campanale (Chester Springs, Pa.) was also credited with an assist on the goal. New Hampshire controlled play in the opening frame with an 18-8 shot advantage, but were 0-2 on the power play in the period.
UML netted the equalizer with a power play goal at 9:35 of second period. The goal came on the River Hawks second shot of the period. The goal was scored by Matt Ferreira on a shot that hit the goal pipe and bounced in. Shayne Thompson and Chad Ruhwedel assisted on the tally. New Hampshire went back on top with a goal by Henrion that found its way through traffic and under the pads of UML netminder Doug Carr at 13:25 of the second. Greg Burke (Lee, N.H.) and Austin Block (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) assisted on the eventual game-winner that came after a New Hampshire offensive flurry. UNH held a 15-4 shot edge in the frame despite three River Hawk power plays.
Play was even in a scoreless third period with the River Hawks holding a 13-10 shot edge thanks in large part to 1:38 of 6-4 power play, empty-net play to conclude the contest.
DiGirolamo stopped 24 shots including 13 in the final frame. He improves to 4-1-2 overall. Carr, who turned away 41 shots, falls to 2-3-1 on the season.
The Wildcats held a commanding 43-25 shot advantage.
UML was 1-4 on the power play, while New Hampshire was 0-2 in its extra-skater opportunity.
UNH returns to action Nov. 12-13 when it plays host to Massachusetts. Puck drops both nights at 7 p.m. at Whittemore Center. Tickets for the Massachusetts' series and all UNH home games are available online at UNHWildcats.com.