PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman netminder Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped all 26 shots he faced to register his first collegiate win and shutout, lifting the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a 1-0 win over Providence College in Wednesday night's Hockey East action at Schneider Arena.
New Hampshire, which snaps a five-game losing skid, improves to 7-11-2 with a 5-8-1 mark in Hockey East, while Providence is now 8-9 -2, 6-5-1 HE. UNH is now 13-0-2 in the last 15 against PC dating back to Feb. 24, 2007. The win was the Wildcats first road win since Feb. 26, 2011 at Northeastern.
DeSmith becomes the first Wildcat freshman goalie to earn a shutout since Brian Foster did so on Dec. 8, 2006 against St. Lawrence.
In a scoreless first period, both teams had chances. UNH had several chances including a tip by Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.) and a one-on-none break away by Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.). PC's best chances came during its three power play opportunities.
UNH broke the deadlock as Moses scored his team-best 12th goal of the season at 6:41 of the second. Damon Kipp (Salmon Arm, British Columbia) fought to keep the puck in the offensive zone and found Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) in the zone. Sorkin carried the puck cross ice and his centering pass was deflected to an open Moses who fired a wrister from the center slot. The teams each had power play chances that they were unable to capitalize on, while the 'Cats held an 11-7 shot edge in the period.
In a scoreless third period, the teams play even throughout the majority of the frame with the Friars getting the better of chances in the final minutes when skating with an empty net. PC held a 9-6 shot advantage for the period, while both teams netted 26 shots on net overall.
Providence went 0-5 on the power play, while the 'Cats were 0-3 in its extra-skater opportunities.
DeSmith earns his first collegiate win, moving to 1-2-0 overall. Providence's Alex Beaudry turned aside 25-of-26 Wildcat shots, but falls to 7-9-2 with the loss.
UNH returns to action when it plays in-state rival Dartmouth College on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. Puck drops at 7 p.m. for the Battle for the RiverStone Cup XI. The team's next home game is Saturday, Jan. 21 against Merrimack College. Tickets to the Dartmouth and Merrimack games are available online at www.UNHWildcats.com.