UNH, which completed the weekend sweep of the Tigers following Friday’s 5-3 win, is now 3-0-0 and this marks the first time since the 2003-04 season that the Wildcats have opened the year with three consecutive wins. CC is 2-2-0.
With the score tied 1-1 entering the third period, the Wildcats netted their second power-play tally of the night – this time with a two-skater advantage -- at 4:33 when Brad Flashains (Glendale, Ariz.) fired a shot through traffic from the slot. Craig Switzer (
The visitors tied the game, 2-2, at 9:52 with their second power-play goal of the game. Vlassopoulos initiated the sequence with a pass off the right dashers to Hillen at the high slot. Hillen’s shot was stopped by Foster, but Scott McCulloch scored from the top of the crease.
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CC pulled goaltender Richard Bachman (21 saves) with 30 seconds remaining in the game and immediately tested Foster, who recorded his first career win vs. a nationally-ranked team, with McCulloch’s shot from the slot.
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Following a scoreless first period, both teams netted a power-play goal in the middle stanza. UNH struck first at 2:50 on a goal by Fornataro, who has scored a goal in all three games this season. On the sequence, Flashains initial shot from the left point sailed wide of the near post. The puck caromed off the boards to the side of the net, where James vanRiemsdyk (
The Tigers tied the score, 1-1, on a 5x3 power-play goal at 13:10. Andreas Vlassopoulos moved the puck from deep in the right circle up top to Chad Rau, who then made a crossing pass to Jack Hillen. His shot from the high slot was redirected in front by Bill Sweatt.
One of UNH’s best scoring opportunities in the opening stanza came on the first shift of the game, when vanRiemsdyk skated along the left boards and floated a centering pass that Fornataro redirected in mid-air on Bachman.
With the Wildcats shorthanded midway through the period, Bobby Butler (Marlboro,
In the closing minutes of the first period, a UNH flurry of shots ended with Bachman stopping LeBlanc on a close-range shot in front.