BOSTON – No. 16 Boston University scored a pair of third-period goals just 36 seconds apart to capture a 4-1 win over the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team Hockey East action Saturday night at Agganis Arena.
UNH, which sees its seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) come to an end, moves to 5-5-2, 4-4-1 in Hockey East. The Terriers improve to 6-4-1, 5-3-1 in Hockey East by capturing their fourth-straight win over New Hampshire including both meetings this season.
Trailing 1-0, UNH controlled play early in the third period scoring the equalizer at 5:05 of the period as Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) scores his first collegiate goal on a slapshot from the right point. The goal was assisted by Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta). New Hampshire registered 10 of the first 11 shots on goal in the period and held a 23-8 advantage in the third period. However, it was BU that scored a pair of goals 36 second apart just over two minutes after UNH had netted the tying goal. The eventual game winner came when Max Nicastro scored his first of the season at 7:29 with assists from Chris Connolly and Corey Trivino. Trivino added an insurance goal at 8:05 with helpers from Connolly and Sahir Gill. New Hampshire had several chances in the second half of the period including a flurry during 40 seconds of empty-net time, but could not cut into the Boston University lead. The Terriers iced the victory when a Matt Nieto clearing attempt caught an edge and slowly rolled into an empty New Hampshire net at 18:57 of the third.
In a scoreless first period, BU held a 9-4 shot advantage with each team unsuccessful in a power play opportunity. It was the second-straight games these teams played a scoreless first.
For the second-straight game it was Wade Megan breaking up the scoreless deadlock with an even-strength goal at 8:25 of the second period with an assist from Evan Rodrigues.
The Wildcats held a 34-27 shot advantage thanks to its lopsided edge in the third period. UNH was 0-4 on the power play, while BU was 0-2 in its extra-skater opportunities.
Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) stopped 23 shots including nine in each of the first two periods, but falls to 5-4-1. Kieran Millan turned away 33 shots with 22 in the third period to move to 5-4-1.
UNH returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Harvard University (7 p.m.). The Wildcats return home on Saturday, Nov. 26 for a non-conference game against Alabama-Huntsville (7 p.m.). Tickets for the UAH game and information on all things UNH hockey log on to UNHWildcats.com.