NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Freshman Rob Ricci (Brampton, Ont.) scored his second goal of the season 2:23 into the game and junior goalie Jim Healy (Holyrood, N.F.) made 31 saves as Merrimack College snapped its 20-game Hockey East losing streak with a 1-0 win over No. 10 New Hampshire Tuesday night at J. Thom Lawler Arena.
With the win, the Warriors improve to 4-7-0 (1-5-0 HEA) while the Wildcats drop to 7-5-2 (6-3-1 NEA). The win also marks the second time in school history the Warriors have shutout UNH. In 1996, the Wildcats and Warriors played to a 0-0 tie.
"I'm happy for the kids. I wish these wins would come easier, but they put in a lot of hard work and I wanted to see them get the fruits of their labor," said Merrimack Head Coach Mark Dennehy. "This is for them. They worked hard and it was a long-time coming."
Senior Bryan Schmidt (Bloomington, Minn.) and junior Mike Alexiou (Pickering, Ont.) each picked up assists on the goal, which came one second after a UNH penalty had expired. Schmidt took a shot from the right point that was knocked down in front and Ricci pounced on the puck, flipping it into a wide open net.
New Hampshire's two best scoring chances came in the second period. Freshman Trevor Smith (N. Vancouver, B.C.) rung a shot off the right post behind Healy three minutes into the period before junior Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Man.) deflected a shot from the right point by sophomore Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.) past Healy that hit the post with 17 seconds remaining in the 2nd.
Sophomore Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) made 19 saves for the Wildcats, who outshot the Warriors 31-20.
The Warriors return to action this Friday when they travel to Northeastern to take on the Huskies in a Hockey East matchup. Face off is set for 7 p.m.