DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - Brad Tapper scored a hat trick and Joel Laing picked up 38 saves as Rensselaer (5-0) defeated New Hampshire (3-1) 6-0, Friday night. New Hampshire had not been shut out at home since Nov. 26th, 1989 against Minnesota.
Tapper completed the hat trick on an unassisted goal with under one minute remaining in the game, less than a minute after Jared Reigstad added Rensselaer's fifth goal of the night with a shot from just inside the blue line.
Tapper scored his second goal of the night 12:05 into the third period, giving Rensselaer a 4-0 lead. Tapper received a pass from Steve Munn, setting up the breakaway goal.
Rennselaer got two goals within one minute of each other midway through the second period. A one-timer by Tapper gave Rennselaer a 2-0 lead 10:42 into the second period. Just over one minute later, Carson Butterwick picked off a pass in front of the New Harnpshire goal and beat goalkeeper Ty Conklin, increasing the lead to 3-0 .
Laing held New Hampshire scoreless, despite 38 shots on goal and 10 power-play opportunities for New Hampshire. In the soecond period alone, New Hampshire came up empty on 15 power-play shot attempts.
Andrew McPherson opened the scoring for Rensselaer 8:04 into tho first period. McPherson netted a pass from Munn from just outside the crease, giving Rensselaer a 1-0 lead.