BOSTON – Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped all 22 shots he faced and nine different skaters registered a point to pace the University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team to Friday night's 3-0 win against 18th-ranked Northeastern University at Matthews Arena.
UNH, which has tallied goals in 14-straight regulation periods, improves to 5-5-1, 3-2-0 HE. Northeastern is now 6-4-0, 1-3 in Hockey East.
DeSmith earns his first shutout of the season (he combined for one earlier in the year) and the seventh of his career. He has two shutouts and a .990 save percentage in three career games at Matthews Arena. He improves to 3-4-0.
The Wildcats drew first blood with a Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) rebound goal at 4:26 of the first period. Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) intercepted a Northeastern clearing attempt at the top of the blue line and made a cross-ice pass to Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) who was breaking in on the left slot. Goumas' first bid was stopped by Clay Witt, but Sorkin was following the play and tucked in the rebound to give the 'Cats a 1-0 lead. New Hampshire held a 13-9 shot advantage in the period.
New Hampshire doubled its lead with a short-handed goal in the second period. Justin Agosta intercepted the puck in the defensive zone and fed Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia) in open ice. Correale found Jeff Silengo (Madison, Conn.), who snuck past the Husky defense and roofed a one-timer that beat Witt high glove-side at 6:45 of the second period. Both teams would have chances in the second period including a Northeastern bid that clanged the pipe in the final minutes of the period. UNH outshot NU 10-6 in the frame and held the Huskies off the board in two power play opportunities.
The Wildcats controlled play in the third period with a convincing 16-7 shot advantage. UNH added to its lead as Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.) scored on a one-timer from the top of the left circle. Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) and Matias Cleland (Longmont, Colo.) assisted on the goal. UNH had several chances to add to its lead including an extended 5-on-3 last in the period, but could not pad its lead.
The Wildcats held a 39-22 shot advantage. UNH was 0-3 on the power play, while NU was 0-2 in its extra-man opportunities.
DeSmith stopped nine shots in the first and just 13 combined the rest of the night for the win and shutout. Witt turned away 36 shots including 15 in the final period.
New Hampshire and Northeastern complete the home and home series Saturday night. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center with a pregame show start time of 6:30 p.m. on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network with Dan Parkhurst and Pete Webster. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.