AMHERST, Mass. – Darren Howe scored a power play goal at 3:08 of overtime to lift Massachusetts to a 2-1 win over the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team Friday night at Mullins Center.
UNH, which drops its first game of the season, moves to 4-1-1 overall with a 2-1-1 mark in Hockey East play. UMass is now 2-3-0, 1-3-0 in HE play. The win is the first league win for UMass coach John Micheletto.
After a faceoff win, Shane Walsh controlled the puck behind the net and found an open Howe on the backdoor for a wrister at close range to give the Minutemen the overtime win.
Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) was the tough-luck loser in net stopping 34 shots including 16 over the final period and overtime. DeSmith is now 4-1-1. UMass' Kevin Boyle stopped 25 shots and improves to 2-1-0.
The teams played an even first period with neither team being able to breakthrough. UMass's Michael Pereira had a grade-A bid from the center slot with just under the three-minute mark that was gloved by DeSmith to keep it scoreless. The Wildcats out strike in the final minute of the period as Greg Burke (Lee, N.H.) scored on the rebound of a Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) shot. Goumas fired a shot from the left point that came out to an open Burke in the right of the net for an easy wrister at 19:24. Shots were even at 8-8 during the period.
Massachusetts netted the equalizer at 12:21 of the second as the Minutemen stole the puck at the top of the blue line to setup and odd-man rush. Conor Sheary netted a wrister with a helper from Steven Guzzo. UMass held an 11-10 shot advantage for the period. The goal ended a scoreless stretch of 147:36 for DeSmith.
In a scoreless third period, UMass has the better of pressure especially in the second half of the period. The Minutemen held a 13-8 shot edge for the period, but had several good bids that DeSmith denied to keep the game deadlocked.
UMass held a 36-26 shot advantage including a 4-0 edge in overtime.
UMass went 1-3 on the power play, while New Hampshire was 0-3 in its extra skater opportunities.
UNH continues its tour of New England when it travels to rival Maine on Sunday (4 p.m.) at Alfond Arena. The Wildcats return home on Saturday, Nov. 10 against Vermont. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.