#8 Men's Hockey Skates to 2-2 Draw With Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. –  Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) stopped 40 shots including 18 in the third period and overtime to guide the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 2-2 tie with the University of Vermont in the Hockey East action at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

UNH increases its lead in Hockey East to two points by virtue of a BC loss and moves to 18-7-5, 16-4-3 in Hockey East. Vermont is now 7-17-6, 5-13-5 HE.

In a scoreless overtime both teams had chances none greater than Vermont's opportunity in the final 25 seconds that was blocked by a sprawling out Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.). The Catamounts held a 5-3 shot edge in overtime.

Vermont broke the scoreless deadlock as Tobias Nilsson-Roos scored a short-handed goal at 5:58 of the second period with assists from Josh Burrows. Nilsson-Roos won a battle for a loose puck at center ice that opened the one-on-none opportunity. New Hampshire responded just 30 seconds later as Mike Beck (Long Beach, Calif.) scored on the rebound of a Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) shot at 6:28 of the frame. Kevin Goumas (Lake Worth, Fla.) also assisted on the power play goal. The play was setup by a fast transition pass from Goumas to Moses. UNH took its first lead of the night as Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.) scored on the rebound of a Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) one-timer from the right point that deflected to an open DeSimone on the left slot. Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) was credited with an assist on the goal, which gave the 'Cats a 2-1 edge heading into the second intermission. UVM held a 13-12 shot advantage in a three-goal second period.

The Catamounts netted the equalizer at 9:05 of the third as Matt White scored from the center slot with assists from Connor Brickley and H.T. Lenz. The score remained tied thanks to a pair of sprawling saves by Di Girolamo in the 11th minute. Vermont outshot UNH 14-9 in the period.

In a scoreless first period, both teams had chances. Vermont's best chances came during its three power play opportunities including close to a minute of 5-on-3 play. New Hampshire challenged UVM netminder Rob Madore with a series of shots in the 11th minute, but neither team cracked the scoreboard. Vermont held a slim 10-8 shot edge in the stanza.

Di Girolamo turned away double-figures in all three periods to move to 18-7-5, while Madore stopped 30 shots and is now 7-17-6.

Vermont held a 42-32 shot advantage for the game, but was 0-6 on the power play. UNH went 1-3 in its extra-skater opportunities.

New Hampshire returns to action for a home-and-home series with Northeastern University (Feb. 25-26). The teams play in Durham on Friday (7 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center. Tickets to the Northeastern game are available online at www.UNHWildcats.com.

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