November 12, 2011

Men's Hockey Skates to 4-4 Tie with Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt.Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) registered a goal and two assists to lift the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a 4-4 tie with the University of Vermont on Saturday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

UNH, which is unbeaten in its last six games, improves to 4-4-2, 4-3-1 HE. UVM moves to 1-5-1, 0-4-1 earning its first point in Hockey East. 

New Hampshire scored a pair of second period goals to erase a 3-1 deficit and with the game tied at 3-3, UNH took the lead on a Moses unassisted goal at 8:36 of the third. UVM was trying to break out of the zone when Moses stole the puck and beat Madore with a nifty move and wrister. The Catamounts scored the game-tying goal with 1:20 left in regulation as H.T. Lenz scored his second of the night with an extra attacker in place of UVM netminder Rob Madore. Sabastian Stalberg and Anders Franzon assisted on the goal that made it 4-4.

Neither team would score during a five minute overtime, although UNH held a 6-2 shot advantage in the extra-session. New Hampshire held a 40-29 shot edge for the game.

The Wildcats struck just 38 seconds into the contest as Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) scored on a high wrister from the middle slot. Greg Burke (Lee, N.H.), who won a loose puck battle to keep the puck in the zone, and John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) assisted on the game's first goal. UNH would control play for the first half, until a series of Wildcat power plays, including a major, gave Vermont momentum and a 2-1 lead at the break. After killing off a pair of minors, UVM struck during a five-minute major penalty as Matt White scored on a rebound backhander with assists from Tobias Nilsson-Roose and Mike Montagna at 15:12. The Catamounts scored an even-strength goal in the final minute as Drew MacKenzie batted in a fluttering puck off with 49.3 remaining in the first period. Kyle Mountain won a faceoff back to Anders Franzon, who fired a slapshot that was redirected in by MacKenzie. While UNH control play early, the teams ended the frame with 13 shots aside. UVM was 1-4 on the power play, with no UNH power play opportunities in the period.

UNH's first power play came on a 5-minute hitting from behind call on Vermont. However, it was the Catamounts that capitalized first as H.T. Lenz scored a shorthanded goal with assists from Anthony DeCenzo and Nick Luukko at 3:07. The Wildcats answered with a power play goal as Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.) scored on a tip in front of the UVM net. Speelman redirected a Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) slapshot past UVM netminder Rob Madore at 5:11 of the second with a secondary assist from Moses. New Hampshire potted the equalizer at 13:07 of the period as Damon Kipp (Salmon Arm, British Columbia) fought through two defenders to chip the puck over Madore. Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.), who extents his point-scoring streak to eight games, and Moses assisted on the goal. UNH scored a power play goal and held a 12-6 shot edge in the period.

Vermont was 1-6 on the ower play with a shorthanded goal, while New Hampshire was 1-2 during its extra-skater opportunities.

Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) stopped 25 shots including 12 in the first period and moves to 4-3-1, while Madore turned away 36 to move to 1-3-1. 

New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 18 against UMass-Lowell. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m. The game will air live on WBIN-TV and stations of the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Tickets to Massachusetts-Lowell game are on sale at the Whittemore Center Box Office, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or going online to www.unhwildcats.com.

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