No. 5 Men's Hockey Skates Past No. 11 Boston University, 3-1
BOSTON – Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) scored a pair of goals and Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped 45-of-46 shots to lift the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 3-1 win over No. 11 Boston University in Hockey East action at Agganis Arena.
UNH, which has now won four straight, improves to 8-1-1 overall with a 6-1-1 mark in Hockey East play. Boston University is now 6-4-0, 5-3-0 in HEA.
DeSmith made double-digit saves in all three periods, including 17 in the second and third. He improves to 8-1-1, while Matt O'Connor made 32 saves including 18 in the first period. He falls to 5-2-0 on the season. DeSmith has allowed just one goal UNH's four-game win streak.
In addition to Goumas, Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.) scored the first of his career in a two-goal first period for the Wildcats.
New Hampshire struck first as Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) scored on a wrister that got past BU netminder Matt O'Connor. Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.) deflected a pass that trickled out to an open Goumas, who did the rest at 11:34 of the first. UNH doubled its lead as Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.) scored this first collegiate goal on the rebound of a Justin Agosta (East Meadow, N.Y.) slapshot form the point. Scott Pavelski (Plover, Wis.) fed Agosta at the point and was credited with an assist on the goal. UNH held a 20-12 shot edge.
The Terriers controlled play in a second period in which they were on the power play four times. BU's lone goal in the frame was an even-strength tally at 4:40 of the frame as Danny O'Regan scored from the left slot on a goal that was setup by a great end-to-end effort by Matt Grzelcyk. O'Regan's goal snapped a program-record streak of 204:40 without allowing a goal DeSmith was in net for a program-record 203:32 of that span.
UNH scored the game's final goal as Austin Block (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) redirected a pass into center ice where Goumas collected the puck and skated in for an easy empty-netter just before time expired. BU held an 17-11 shot edge in the period, while both teams were 0-2 on the power play in the third.
The Terriers outshot the Wildcats 46-35 for the game. BU was officially 0-7 on the power play, while UNH was 0-2 in its extra-skater opportunities.
The Wildcats continue their four-game road trip in Colorado just after Thanksgiving. UNH will play at 14th-ranked Colorado College on Friday, Nov. 23 (9:37 p.m.) and square off against second-ranked University of Denver on Saturday, Nov. 24 (9:07 p.m.). UNH's next home game is Nov. 30 against the River Hawks. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at the Whittemore Center with TV coverage on WBIN-TV and FOX College Sports. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.