Saturday, January 21, 2017

Petersen Stymies UNH, Notre Dame Wins 3-0

Junior Goalie Danny Tirone
87 Saves in Notre Dame Series

In the 2-2 tie with Notre Dame last night, UNH goalie Danny Tirone made 47 saves and earned the #1 Star of the Game. Tonight in South Bend, it was Notre Dame goalie Cal Petersen's turn. The junior made 31 saves against the #1 offense in Hockey East. It was the first time this season New Hampshire has been shut out.

Notre Dame's goals came at the 5:44 mark of the first period (Malmquist), 16:06 of the third (Peeke), and 12:17 of the final period (Evans).

UNH had several good scoring chances but Petersen was up to the task. Two of them came in the third period. With 13:23 left in regulation and Notre Dame holding a 2-0 lead, freshman Liam Blackburn got behind the Notre Dame net and centered a pass to fellow freshman Brendan van Riemsdyk in the mid-slot. Petersen turned aside BvR's point blank shot and denied freshman Patrick Grasso's followup bid. Petersen's second big save in the final stanza came at the 8:48 mark with Notre Dame holding a 3-0 lead. Looking to replicate his beautiful goal from Friday night, junior Jason Salvaggio swooped around an ND defender and nearly beat Petersen in tight.

UNH's Danny Tirone made 40 saves tonight and several were outstanding. Here are a few of them including one on a penalty shot in the third period:

With the loss, UNH's record in Hockey East remains at 6-2-3. The Wildcats (15 points) are tied for 5th place with UMass-Lowell. Notre Dame (16 points) moves into 4th place one point ahead of UNH and Lowell. Vermont is in 3rd place with 17 points, BU's in 2nd place with 18 points, and BC has 21 points. UNH returns to the Whittemore Center next weekend for two games against 7th place Providence (10 points).


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