NO. 7 MEN'S HOCKEY SLIDES PAST MERRIMACK, 1-0
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. –Freshman Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y) scored his first collegiate goal to help lift the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team to a 1-0 victory over Hockey East foe Merrimack College on Friday night at Lawler Arena in North Andover Mass.

The Wildcats improve to 11-5-1 overall record, 7-4-1 in Hockey East play. Merrimack falls to 6-9-2, 3-9-1 in Hockey East. In the last eleven games against the Warriors, the Wildcats own a 9-1-1 record.

DeSimone scored the lone goal of the game with 9:29 left in the third period. The power-play goal began when Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.) found Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) at the left point. Fornataro made a quick shot on net which was redirected to a crashing DeSimone’s stick, who beat Andrew Braithwaite gloveside. The tally was the Wildcats' third power-play goal in the last two games.

Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) earned his eighth career shutout, third against Merrimack. Overall, Regan stopped all 34 shots notching double-figure saves in all three periods. Regan improves to 8-1-1 all time against Merrimack and is now 9-4-0 overall. The senior netminder has a .973 save percentage and an 0.78 goals against average in 10 career games against Merrimack.

Andrew Braithwaite recorded 25 saves for the Warriors, tallying 10 in the final stanza as he moves to 2-2-0 overall.

In the first two periods, both teams had a number of opportunities to capitalize on scoring opportunities. The best Wildcat opportunity of the early going came with just seconds left in the middle frame. DeSimone missed out in a one-on-one breakaway just as time expired.

Half way through the third period, the Wildcats had another great scoring opportunity on the power play when Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alb.) took a shot off a rebound, which appeared to be a goal but the puck had been covered up by Braithwaite.

Merrimack held a 34-26 advantage in shots, while UNH was 1-3 on the power play.

UNH returns home on Sunday with a non-conference game against St. Lawrence. Puck drops at 2 p.m. at Whittemore Center. Fans can watch the game on NHPTV (Ch. 11) as well as online at UNHwildcats.tv.
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