LOWELL, Mass. – Matt DiGirolamo (Ambler, Pa.) turned aside 25 shots including 12 in the third period to register his second career shutout and dished out an assist to lift the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Thursday night's 3-0 win over Massachusetts-Lowell in Hockey East action at Tsongas Center.
Overall, nine different players recorded a point for New Hampshire, including pair of players DiGirolamo and Jeff Silengo (Madison, Conn.) with their first collegiate point.
UNH, which has now won eight-straight games in the month of December dating back to 2007, improves to 8-2-4, 6-1-2 HE. UML moves to 2-11-2 overall with a 2-9-0 mark in Hockey East.
The Wildcats scored the game's first goal at 12:34 of the first period. Brett Kostolansky (Denver, Colo.) scored his third goal in the last four games on a one-timer from the right point that appeared to deflect in off a UML defender into the net for a 1-0 lead and the eventual game-winner. John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) and Silengo assisted on the goal. The Wildcats held a 12-6 shot advantage in the frame.
UNH extended its lead as Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) scored from the center slot on a fed from Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.), who collected the rebound of his own shot and found Moses in the slot at 11:17 of the second period to make it 2-0. DiGirolamo started the transition and was credited with his first collegiate point. New Hampshire extended the lead to 3-0 as Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) scored a fast-break goal that was setup nicely by linemates Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) and Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.) at 16:01 of the second to make it 3-0. UNH outshot UML 11-7 in the second stanza.
In a scoreless third period, UML held a 12-6 shot advantage including three during over a minute of 5-3 play late in the frame.
Overall, the River Hawks were 0-3 on the power play, while UNH was also 0-3 with one opportunity in each period.
DiGirolamo has allowed two goals or fewer in six of nine Hockey East games and improves to 7-2-4. His counterpart Doug Carr stopped 26 shots and moves to 2-7-1 overall. New Hampshire held a 29-25 shot advantage for the contest.
UNH returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 5 as it plays host to Vermont. Tickets for the game, which begins at 4 p.m., are on sale at the Whittemore Center Box Office, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or going online to www.unhwildcats.com.