Saturday, January 04, 2014

UNH Defeats #19 Nebraska-Omaha 6-3

Eric Knodel - 2 Goals
Trevor van Riemsdyk - 3 Assists

DURHAM, NH - In spite of the frigid cold, both outside and inside the Whittemore Center, the UNH Wildcats and University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks engaged in a heated battle in front of 3,000 hardy UNH fans. After giving up the first goal of the game, UNH got plenty of scoring from 10 different players.

1st Period

16:26 - UNO Scores First Goal - UNH 0, UNO 1
~ The Mavericks' leading scorer Josh Archibald pots 12th goal of season.
~ UNH's fourth line of Bourque-Gaudreault-Hill had been on the ice for a prolonged shift.
~ Archibald was not covered in the mid-slot and he buried a rebound.

10:40 - Captain Eric Knodel Scores 1st of 2 Power Play Goals - UNH 1, UNO 1
~ UNH's top power play unit controlled the puck in the UNO zone
~ Knodel almost scored on a slap shot blast just before his goal.
~ Trevor van Riemsdyk's soft pass set up Knodel's wrister from the high slot. It was TvR's first of three assists on the night.

00:32 - Knodel Buries a Bomb From the Blueline - UNH 2, UNO 1
~ UNH crisply moved the puck on this power play.
~ Kevin Goumas nearly scored from in close early in the PP.
~ Once again, TvR set up Knodel, this time with a backhand, touch pass.

2nd Period

16:10 - Ortega Ties It Up - UNH 2, UNO 2
~ Freshman speedster Austin Ortega streaks in on a 3-on-2 rush and beats Casey DeSmith over his glove.
~ The UNH line of Correale-Downing-Speelman got caught deep in the UNO zone.
~ Ortega gained a half-stride on back-checking UNH defenseman Matias Cleland.

7:42 - Matt Willows Scores 8th Goal of Season - UNH 3, UNO 2
~ Willows created this scoring play by rubbing out a UNO player along the boards and stealing the puck.
~ Freshman defenseman Dylan Maller, playing in his second NCAA game, made a pretty, head-man pass to Willows to start the rush.
~ Freshman Collin Bourque, playing in only his 4th NCAA game, set up Goumas for the initial shot on goal. It was Bourque's first NCAA point.
~ Willows, parked on the doorstep, buried the rebound.

7:42 - Sophomore Dan Correale Nets Game-Winning Goal - UNH 4, UNO 2
~ Casey Thrush made this scoring play possible with a fore-checking hit and steal.
~ Dylan Maller registered his first NCAA point on a soft touch pass to Justin Agosta at the right point.
~ Agosta made a thread-the-needle pass to Correale who was charging the net.
~ Correale gathered the puck, shifted it to his backhand, and flipped one over the UNO goalie's glove.

2:06 - Casey Thrush Pots 3rd Goal of Season - UNH 5, UNO 2
~ UNH fans may very well be observing Trevor van Riemsdyk's second All-American season.
~ TvR single-handedly created this scoring play with an amazing, anticipatory steal at center ice. He then rushed into the UNO zone and fed a perfect pass to Thrush charging down the slot.
~ Thrush finished it off by drawing the puck to his backhand - much like Correale had on the prior UNH goal.
~ The Thrush goal chased starting UNO goalie Ryan Massa.

3rd Period

16:10 - Archibald Makes It Interesting - UNH 5, UNO 3
~ UNO pulled to within two goals on Josh Archibald's second goal of the night.
~ The UNO scoring play began with a favorable bounce. Matias Cleland released a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle. It was blocked and the puck squirted out to the neutral zone.
~ Archibald gathered the puck and got ahead of a back-checking Grayson Downing.

2:06 - Kevin Goumas Gets the Empty Net Goal - UNH 6, UNO 3
~ UNO pulled their goalie with just over two minutes left in regulation. .
~ Casey DeSmith made his 21st save of the night a good one. He sticked the puck to an empty area of the ice to his right.
~ Matt Willows collected the loose puck, passed it to Nick Sorkin, and he sent Goumas in on his own.
~ It was Goumas' 8th goal of the season.

With the victory, UNH improved it's overall record to 11-10-1. Nebraska-Omaha is now 8-8-1. The two teams face off again Saturday night at 7:00 at the Whittemore Center.


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