ALBANY, N.Y. - The No. 11 ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell to No. 3 ranked Michigan State University, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA East Regionals at Pepsi Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats ended their season with an overall record of 20-13-7 and 14-7-6 in Hockey East play. Senior goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) made 29 saves in his first NCAA start and final collegiate game. He posted 11 saves in the second period in his 46th career start. He finished the season with a 12-5-2 record. The Wildcats won 20 games for the 10th consecutive season under Coach Dick Umile.
Junior forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) registered a team-high five shots on goal in the loss. UNH's best scoring chance came in the third period just 2:15 in on the power play when junior forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) was parked on the left side of the crease and junior Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) slipped the puck through across the crease and the one-timer by Hemingway hit the right post and bounced out of the goal mouth.
The Spartans scored the only goal of the game with a slapshot from freshman forward Tim Crowder from just inside the blueline only 2:14 into the first period. The shot went from the right point ricocheting off the left post into the net, beating Pietrasiak blocker side. Freshman forwards Tim Kennedy and Justin Abdelkader were credited with assists on Crowder's 15th goal of the season.
It marked the first time the 'Cats had been shutout in the NCAA tournament since March of 1998 when UNH was defeated by Michigan in the national semifinal at the FleetCenter in Boston, Mass.
UNH outshot Michigan State, 36 to 30 for the game. The 'Cats went 0 for 2 on the power play and MSU went 0 for 4.
Freshman netminder Jeff Lerg tallied 36 saves in the win for the Spartans, notching at least 10 saves in all three periods.