BOSTON – Senior netminder Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) stopped 32 shots including double figures in all three periods, but the 12th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell, 5-0, in Saturday night's season opener with sixth-ranked Boston University at Agganis Arena.
UNH falls to 0-1-0 in Hockey East and overall, while BU is now 1-0-0 in both, respectively.
BU netminder Kieran Millan turned aside all 35 shots he faced including 18 in the second period to earn the shutout. Overall, BU held a 37-35 shot edge thanks to a 14-6 edge in the final period.
In a scoreless first period, UNH held an 11-10 shot advantage in a frame that saw eight penalties, four aside.
BU broke the scoreless deadlock with a power play goal at 3:16 of the second. Wade Megan scored with assists from Chris Connolly and Sahir Gill for the eventual game-winner. The Terriers struck again just over two minutes later as Corey Trivino scored at 5:46 with assists from Connolly and Gill. Trivino tapped the puck in short-side completing a tic-tac-toe sequence. UNH outshot the Terriers 18-13 in the period, while BU went into the break with a 2-0 edge on the scoreboard.
The Terriers added to their lead at 1:15 of the third as Matt Nieto scored on the rebound of an Alex Chiasson shot from the point. Charlie Coyle also assisted on the tally, which gave BU a three-goal lead. Chiasson would add an empty-net goal with assist from Coyle 15:41. Boston University wrapped up scoring with an unassisted goal by Kevin Gilroy at 17:00.
BU was 1-5 on the power play, while New Hampshire was 0-6 in its extra-skater opportunities. Overall, 15 penalties were whistled during the contest.
UNH returns to action Friday, Oct. 14 at Hockey East rival Northeastern (7 p.m.). The Wildcats' home opener is Saturday, Oct. 15 against Boston College. Game time for the home opener is 7 p.m. For tickets to the BC game and more on UNH hockey including live video and live stats log onto UNHWildcats.com.