CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Junior netminder Matt DiGirolamo (Ambler, Pa.) stopped 31-of-32 shots to backbone the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team to Friday night's 2-1 victory over defending national champion and fourth-ranked Boston College in Hockey East action in front of 6,473 fans at Conte Forum.
UNH, which stretches its unbeaten streak to five games (3-0-2), improves to 3-1-2 overall, 1-0-1 Hockey East. BC is now 5-3-0, 3-2-0 HE.
UNH struck first with an even-strength goal at 10:06 of the first period. John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) scored on a one-timer from the left slot that was setup by a cross-ice thread-the-nettle pass by Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.). Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta) also tallied an assist on the play. The score remained 1-0 at the break thanks to a handful of athletic saves by Wildcat netminder DiGirolamo, in total he stopped 13 BC shots, while John Muse turned away 10 UNH shots.
The Eagles netted the equalizer at 4:25 of the second as Patch Alber scored from the right slot on a tic-tac-toe play setup by Cam Atkinson and Brian Gibbons. New Hampshire went back on top as Speelman scored the eventual game-winner on a one-timer from the right point that snuck under the pads of Muse and made it 2-1. Hardowa once again assisted on the goal as he chipped the puck up to Speelman at the top of the center ice. Shots were even at 10-10 in the period with BC taking nine of the first 11 shots, and UNH taking eight of the final nine shots.
In an even-played scoreless third period, both teams had chances including a shots by BC's Atkinson and UNH's Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) that deflected of the pipe. Each team rifled nine shots on net, but Muse and DiGirolamo shut the door.
Overall, DiGirolamo made 13 of his 31 saves in the first period and improves to 3-1-2 overall. Muse stopped 28 shots including 10 in the first frame and nine the each of the final two periods and is now 4-2-0.
The Eagles held a slim 32-30 shot margin.
The game's first penalty and only came on UNH at 11:54 of the third period. BC was unsuccessful, while New Hampshire did not get an opportunity to extend its five-game streak of power play goals.
UNH returns to action Saturday, Nov. 6 (7 p.m.) at Massachusetts-Lowell. New Hampshire's next home game is Friday, Nov. 12 against Massachusetts. Tickets for the Massachusetts' game and all UNH home games are available online at UNHWildcats.com.