TROY, N.Y. --- The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team dropped its first game of the season on Saturday, 6-4, to Rensselaer at Houston Field House.
Despite outshooting the Engineers 14-6 in the first period, UNH found itself on the short end of a 2-1 score after the first period. A power-play goal from Carson Butterwick and an even-strength tally from Marc Cavosie gave the Engineers a 2-0 lead, but Josh Prudden would cut into the lead with his second goal of the season at 14:23 of the first.
Rensselaer regained the two-goal cushion when Matt Murley scored just 1:24 into the second period.
UNH would battle back to tie the game at 3-3 before the end of the period. First, Lanny Gare redirected a Prudden feed past RPI netminder Kevin Kurk (31 saves) at 6:44. Freshman Sean Collins scored his third goal of the season on the power play to tie the game at 18:40.
The Engineers made the most of their chances throughout the contest, scoring 6 goals on only 17 shots. Danny Eberly put RPI up for good at the 6:38 mark of the third period. New Hampshire generated good chances and had a great opportunity when RPI's Nolan Graham was sent of for hitting from behind at 14:11. It was the Engineers that would take advantage, though, on a shorthanded goal from Cavosie, his fifth goal in just two games, at 15:54.
Wildcat captain Darren Haydar made it interesting just 21 seconds later when he was set up by David Busch on a nice feed from behind the net, but UNH could not net the equalizer. Jim Henkel closed out the scoring with an empty net goal at 19:48.
Michael Ayers made 11 saves in the game for New Hampshire.
With the win, Rensselaer improves to 1-1 on the season, while the Wildcats suffer their first loss and now stand at 2-1.
UNH returns to action on Oct. 26 when it hosts Northeastern at the Whittemore Center at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on New Hampshire Public Television.