NEW HAMPSHIRE DEFEATS BOSTON UNIVERSITY, 3-1
Junior forward Kevin Goumas scores two goals for Wildcats
BOSTON, Mass. - Junior forward Kevin Goumas scored twice and sophomore netminder Casey DeSmith made 45 saves to lead New Hampshire to a 3-1 win against Boston University on Sunday afternoon at Agganis Arena.
The Terriers fall to 6-4-0 overall and 5-3-0 in Hockey East play while the Wildcats improve to 8-1-1 with a 6-1-1 conference mark.
After the visitors scored twice in the opening period, freshman Danny O'Regan got BU on the board when he cashed in on a rebound at 4:40 of the second. That tally ended an impressive UNH shutout skein at 204:40.
BU recorded 17 shots in both the second and third periods, but went 0-for-7 on its power play over that span and was never able to earn an equalizer.
Goumas added an empty-netter in the final second of the contest to create the 3-1 final.
Freshman Matt O'Connor shook off the two first-period goals by UNH to post 32 saves for the Terriers.
Goumas opened the scoring 11:34 into the contest when he converted from the high slot following a BU turnover in its own zone that was caused on a tipped pass by junior Dalton Speelman.
Under three minutes later, the Wildcats doubled their lead when freshman Maxim Gaudreault tucked a rebound underneath O'Connor's legs outside the left post. Junior Justin Agosta took the initial shot and senior Scott Pavelski also assisted on the play.
The Terriers had five power-play chances in the second period alone and scored its lone goal soon after its second opportunity with the man advantage expired.
UNH dumped a puck into the left corner of the BU zone and freshman Matt Grzelcyk gathered it before skating through the Wildcat defense and firing a shot from the right circle. O'Regan was there for the rebound at the foot of the left circle and converted for his fifth goal of the season. Grzelcyk extended his point streak to six games with the assist.
The Wildcats will head west to take on Colorado College this Friday (Nov. 23) at 9:30 p.m. ET. BU will return to action on Saturday (Nov. 24) when it plays host to St. Lawrence at 7 p.m.