BOSTON – Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) tallied a goal and an assist, but the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team dropped Saturday night's Hockey East contest, 4-2, to No. 2 Boston University at Agganis Arena.
UNH, which was unbeaten in its last nine games (6-0-3), moves to 6-2-3, 4-1-2 in Hockey East. BU is now 7-1-4, 5-1-4 HE. The Wildcats held a commanding 43-28 shot edge, but the Terriers used a four-goal second period to earn the victory.
UNH broke the ice late in the first period as Brett Kostolansky (Denver, Colo.) potted his first collegiate goal on a one-timer from the right point. The power play tally came at 19:10 of the first and was assisted by Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) and Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.). The 'Cats held 15-7 shot advantage in the frame.
BU wasted little time finding the equalizer just 28 seconds in the second period as Matt Nieto scored an even-strength tally with assists from Alex Chiasson and Corey Trivino. The Wildcats had what looked to be the go-ahead goal by Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.) taken off the board at 7:06 of the second, but got a goal just over a minute later as Thompson scored on the rebound of a Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.) shot at 8:42. Sislo deflected a BU transition pass to keep the puck in the offensive zone and was credited with the secondary assist. The Terriers closed out the frame with three goals in the final 10 minutes. The first came at 10:27 on a one-timer that went over UNH netminder Matt DiGirolamo's (Ambler, Pa.) top glove-side. The goal was assisted by Ryan Santana. The second goal was a short-handed goal by Chiasson, assisted by Trivino at 16:22 for the eventual game-winner. The last goal came in the period's final minute off a UNH turnover as Sahir Gill scored the unassisted goal on a deke move that slide in at 19:42 to give BU a 4-2 lead heading into the break. UNH held an 18-11 shot edge in the frame, despite the four-goal period by BU.
In a scoreless third period, shots were even at 10 aside with five of BU's 10 shots coming on the power play.
The Terriers finished the night 0-4 on the power play, while New Hampshire was 1-6 on its power play opportunities.
Terrier netminder Grant Rollheiser stopped a career-high 41 shots to improve to 3-0-0. DiGirolamo turned away 24 shots including 10 in the final frame and moves to 6-2-3.
UNH returns to action Tuesday, Nov. 23 (7 p.m.) against Brown University. Tickets to the Brown game and all UNH home games are available online at www.UNHWildcats.com.