BOSTON – Northeastern scored three goals in a span of 2:52 seconds in the first period and went on to capture a 4-0 win over the 15th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Friday night at Matthews Arena.
Northeastern improves to 1-1-1 with a 1-1-1 record in Hockey East. UNH, which was blanked for the second time in as many games, falls to 0-2-0, 0-2-0 HE.
Northeastern scored on three of its first four shots in the period. New Hampshire controlled play early on, but it was a Braden Pimm tally at 6:29 that broke the deadlock. The goal was assisted by Steve Quailer and Alex Tuckerman on Northeastern's first rush of the game. The Huskies struck just 97 seconds later as Zak Stone slide a rebound under the pads of UNH netminder Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.). Adam Reid and Luke Eibler earned helpers on rebound tally. NU completed its three-goal flurry with a Justin Daniels goal at 9:21. Josh Manson and Ludwig Karlsson assisted on the goal. The Wildcats called timeout after the third goal and responded with solid pressure, but were unable to break-through on NU netminder Chris Rawlings. UNH's best chance in the period was a one-timer from the point by Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta) that rattled off the pipe at 5:35.
In a scoreless second period, each team had seven shots on net. The Wildcats had quality chances, especially on the power play during the frame, but were unable to score. John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) had one of the best chances in the period when he fired a wrister in the waning moments, but Rawlings was able to cover the puck with one second remaining.
The Huskies netted the lone goal of the third period as Mike McLaughlin scored at 8:37 with assists from Luke Eibler and Robbie Vrolyk. UNH held a 9-8 shot advantage in the period for a 27-21 advantage for the game.
Rawlings stopped 27 shots including 11 in the first period to improve to 1-1-1. Di Girolamo turned aside 14 shots in his 48:37 of play and falls to 0-2-0. Sophomore netminder Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.) saw the first action of his collegiate career and saved all three shots he faced in 11:23 of play.
UNH returns to action Saturday (7 p.m.) when it opens its home slate against top-ranked Boston College. For tickets to the B.C. game and more information on Wildcat hockey including links to live stats, live video and live audio log on to www.UNHWildcats.com.