UNH Swept by Michigan State 7-4
1 Goal 1 Assist
Entering the two-game series against Michigan State, the UNH Wildcats were one of the highest scoring teams in the nation. On Saturday night, they dug themselves out of a 2-goal deficit twice but, once again, the defensive play let them down. For the second consecutive night, Danny Tirone faced a barrage of 42 shots and this time 6 pucks got past him (the 7th goal was an ENG).
The high-scoring line of Tyler Kelleher, Andrew Poturalski and Dan Correale generated much of UNH's offense with each scoring a goal. Kelleher also added an assist to up his season totals to 4 goals and 11 assists. Poturalski also dished out an assist to increase his numbers to 6 goals and 8 assists. Correale now has 6 goals and 2 assists.
Once again, the fourth line of Ara Nazarian, Chris Miller, and Jamie Hill generated some offensive energy with Miller scoring his second goal of his freshman season and Nazarian adding two assists.
Except for the two games that Adam Clark has played in goal, the UNH defense has been ineffective. Freshman defenseman Matt Dawson has been a bright spot with an overall +/- rating of zero. He scored an assist this evening to raise his scoring to 2 goals and 3 assists in 7 games. Needless to say, the team misses the shutdown play of current Carolina Hurricane Brett Pesce who left school after his junior year.
Michigan State played extraordinarily well in all aspects of the game. With the weekend sweep, they improved their overall record to 4-3-1. UNH's record falls to 3-4-1. Here are the highlights of tonight's 7-4 victory by the Spartans.
1st Period goal by Joe Cox at the 00:32 mark:
1st Period goal by Mason Appleton at the 9:20 mark:
1st Period goal by Chris Miller at the 13:05 mark:
2nd Period Power Play goal by Tyler Kelleher at the 2:36 mark:
2nd Period Power Play goal by Villiam Haag at the 14:58 mark:
3rd Period goal by JT Stenglein at the 3:53 mark:
3rd Period Power Play goal by Dan Correale at the 9:17 mark:
3rd Period goal by Andrew Poturalski at the 12:00 mark:
3rd Period goal by Brennan Sanford at the 13:04 mark:
3rd Period goal by Ryan Keller at the 17:27 mark:
3rd Period Empty Net goal by Mackenzie Maceachern at the 19:57 mark:
Here is the box score for the 7-4 loss. UNH returns to Hockey East action next Saturday night at Merrimack College.