November 21, 2009

MEN'S HOCKEY TIES BOSTON UNIVERSITY, 3-3

BOSTON - The University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team's top line combined for three goals and four assist in Saturday night's 3-3 tie with Boston University in Hockey East action at Agganis Arena.

With the deadlock, UNH moves to 4-6-3 overall with a 4-2-2 mark in Hockey East, while BU is now 3-7-1, 2-6-1. The Wildcats improve to 4-1-3 lifetime at Agganis Arena.

Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) potted a pair of goals and an assist, Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist, while Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) notched helpers on all three goals for the Wildcats. In addition, Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) stopped 34 shots, including 15 in the third and overtime combined, and moves to 4-6-3 overall.

When 60 minutes of regulation time ended in a 3-3 deadlock, an additional five minutes could not break the tie. UNH had a pair of shots, both in a power play opportunity, while BU had a 4-2 shot advantage in the extra frame.

Thompson broke the scoreless deadlock at 5:22 of the first on a shot from the left point that deflected in off a BU defender. Butler and Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta) were credited with assists. The Terriers tied it at 14:56 of the period as David Warsofsky scored with assists from Alex Chiasson and Nick Bonino. The Terriers held a slim 13-12 shot advantage in the period.

The Terriers took a 2-1 lead as Vinny Saponari bank a shot off the pads of Foster into the back of the net at 16:56 of the second period. Zach Cohen was credited with an assist on the goal.

The Wildcats tied it just 20 seconds into the third period. Butler gathered a pass from Thompson at the right slot and put the puck on net. The rebound bounced out to the left slot where DeSimone was there for the put back goal. The goal was DeSimone's first of the season. UNH regained the lead with a power play goal at 6:05. Matt Campanale (Chester Springs, Pa.) controlled a cross-ice pass from Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) and fired it on net and was redirected into the net by Thompson for his second goal of the game. BU tied it on a power play goal by Corey Trivino at 11:52. Kevin Shattenkirk and Zach Cohen were credited with assists on the equalizer.

UNH was 1-6 on the power play, while the Terriers were 1-2 in their extra-skater opportunities.

New Hampshire returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 28 at Hockey East foe Merrimack College. Puck drops at 4 p.m. at Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. The Wildcats' next home game is Dec. 4 (7 p.m.) against UMass-Lowell.

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