UNH Power Play Dominates, Cats Down Brown 7-4
After are a hard-fought 2-1 loss on Friday night against #6 Umass-Lowell, the UNH Wildcats needed to guard against a letdown in their final non-conference game at Brown University. A substantial snowstorm in southern New England on Saturday postponed the game until this afternoon at 4 PM. The extra day of rest and reflection may have helped UNH as they notched a decisive 7-4 win over the Brown Bears.
On paper, the matchup between UNH and Brown looked like a mismatch between the #12 offense in Division I hockey (UNH: 3.39 Goals Per Game) against the #59 defense (Brown: 4.13 Goals Allowed per Game). In particular, Brown needed to avoid penalties as UNH boasts a top 15 power play while the Bears has the second worst penalty kill in the nation. In the end, it didn't turn out well for Brown.
The potent power play unit of Tyler Kelleher, Jason Salvaggio, Michael McNicholas, Patrick Grasso and Matias Cleland put on a clinic converting on all 4 opportunites. McNicholas buried 2 power play goals. Salvaggio tallied a power play goal and an even-strength goal. Grasso scored the game-winner on the power play.
Freshman Brendan van Riemsdyk and senior Jamie Hill also scored even-strength goals. Hills' goal 4 minutes into the final period gave UNH a 7-1 lead. Brown's first line netted 3 goals over the final 8 and 1/2 minutes but it was too little too late.
For a complete recap of the game and stats, check out wildcats.com .
Here are the video highlights of all 7 UNH goals:
UNH returns to action with a home-game against Northeastern on Thursday and another matchup with NU at the 2017 Frozen Fenway on Saturday night.