|1st||10:17||MNE||1-0||PP GW||Liam Pecararo (3)||Cam Brown/16, Connor Leen/4|
|3rd||4:23||MNE||2-0||EV||Cam Brown (6)||Blaine Byron/10, Conor Riley/6|
|3rd||4:44||MNE||3-0||EV||Nolan Vesey (6)||Devin Shore/15|
|3rd||10:03||MNE||4-0||EV||Steven Swavely (7)||Nolan Vesey/8, Dan Renouf/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (8-14-2)||0/4||9/26||0|
|Matt Morris (W, 4-5-1)||60:00||0||14||14||12||40|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Adam Clark (L, 5-13-2)||50:03||4||6||7||3||16|
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team recorded a 40-21 shot advantage but the University of Maine, fueled by three-goal third period, prevailed 4-0 Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.
UNH is now 8-14-2 overall and 3-8-1 in Hockey East. Maine, which also defeated the Wildcats 6-4 on home ice Friday night, improved to 10-15-1, 5-7-0.
UNH starting goaltender Adam Clark (Sherwood Park, Alberta) exited the game at 10:03 of the third period when the Black Bears took a 4-0 lead. He was charged with the loss in a 16-save effort. Jamie Regan (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) stopped the only shot he faced in the 9:41 relief stint.
Maine netminder Matt Morris recorded double-digit saves all three periods (14-14-12) for a total of 40 - more than a handful of those stops were highlight-reel quality. Cam Brown and Nolan Vesey both tallied a goal and an assist. Liam Pecoraro and Steven Swavely netted the other goals.
Maine took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission despite being outshot 14-7 the opening 20 minutes. The Black Bears potted the lone goal of the first period on the power play when Brown carried the puck into the right corner and threw the puck to the slot, where Pecararo one-timed a rising shot into the cage. Connor Leen was also credited with an assist.
UNH generated a number of dangerous scoring opportunities, including a few on odd-man rushes. In the 13th minute, Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) led a 2-on-1 rush into the left circle. His centering pass was blasted on a one-timer by Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) in the slot, but Morris slid to the top of the crease to make the save.
With two minutes left in the opening frame, Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.) charged down the slot and chipped a centering pass on goal, but Morris once again was in position to keep the 'Cats scoreless.
New Hampshire recorded a 14-7 shot advantage in the scoreless second period in which Maine had a goal nullified by replay and a UNH goal that was waived off immediately by the referees was upheld by replay.
In the third minute, Jamie Hill (Glassboro, N.J.) corralled the puck in the left corner and snapped a pass to Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.), whose low, hard shot from the lower-right circle caromed off the near post.
The Black Bears appeared to extend their advantage to 2-0 at 4:33 when Stu Higgins crashed into the crease and shoveled the puck into the open left side. After a review, the officials negated the goal because Higgins was ruled in the crease.
Momentum continued in favor of the visitors, who peppered Clark with four shots in a 30-second span, the last of which came when, from the slot, Swavely redirected a shot on goal.
The Wildcats nearly pulled even at 11:11, but Morris stoned Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia) on his one-timer from the low slot off Downing's pass from behind the net.
Shane Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.) won the battle for possession of the puck in the left corner and he slipped a pass to Downing. He dangled across the top of the crease to the left post and lifted a shot under the crossbar with 2:34 on the clock. The referee immediately ruled no goal and that decision was upheld by replay.
There were three goals and a total of 40 penalty minutes accrued in the third period. Brown and Vesey scored 21 seconds apart - at 4:23 and 4:44 - to quickly build a 3-0 lead for the visitors.
Brown made it 2-0 when he converted Blaine Byron's centering pass from the left wing into a goal; Conor Riley was also credited with an assist. Vesey then maneuvered from the slot to the lower right side before lifting a shot into the open near side. Devin Shore set up that tally.
One minute later, four players combined for nine penalties totaling 34 minutes. The net result was a UNH power play but Morris kept the 'Cats scoreless with saves against Downing and Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.).
Maine took a 4-0 lead at 10:03 when Vesey's saucer pass from the left circle was collected by Swavely, who deposited a shot into the open right side of the cage. The 'Cats went on their fourth power play of the game - third of the final frame - at 13:56. Correale was set up for a one-timer low in the left circle, but Morris quickly slid across the crease to preserve the shutout.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 30-31 for a two-game series at the University of Notre Dame. The Wildcats' next home game is Feb. 14 (7 p.m.) against Boston University.