|1st||3:37||MSU||1-0||EV||Travis Walsh (2)||-|
|1st||8:40||MSU||2-0||PP||Michael Ferrantino (2)||Matt Berry/3, Joe Cox/1|
|1st||19:22||UNH||1-2||PP||Tyler Kelleher (2)||Andrew Poturalski/2, Warren Foegele/3|
|2nd||4:37||UNH||2-2||EV||Grayson Downing (3)||Matt Willows/2, Dan Correale/3|
|2nd||13:31||MSU||3-2||SH||Mackenzie MacEachern (3)||-|
|3rd||11:11||MSU||4-2||EV GW||Michael Ferrantino (3)||Joe Cox/2, Josh Jacobs/2|
|3rd||12:11||UNH||3-4||EV||Tyler Kelleher (3)||Dan Correale/4, Andrew Poturalski/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Michigan State (3-4-0)||1/3||5/10||1|
|New Hampshire (2-5-0)||1/5||3/6||0|
|Michigan State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jake Hildebrand (W, 3-4-0)||60:00||3||15||9||18||42|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Adam Clark (L, 2-5-0)||59:15||4||10||3||3||16|
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team rallied from an early two-goal deficit in the first period, but fell to Michigan State University, 4-3, Friday night at the Whittemore Center. Sophomore Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) led the Wildcats with a pair of goals on the night. Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) also scored for UNH.
UNH falls to 2-5-0 overall while Michigan State improves to 3-4-0.
UNH fought back after falling behind 2-0 less than nine minutes into the game. Kelleher's goal widened the gap to 2-1 at 19:22 of the first before Downing tied the score 04:37 into the second.
Michigan State answered with goals by sophomore Mackenzie MacEachern and junior Michael Ferrantino to pull ahead, 4-2. Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia) sent a wrister on net that Kelleher tipped and found the back of the net at 12:11 of the third to bring the 'Cats to within a goal at 4-3. But Spartans' goaltender Jake Hildebrand turned away several difficult shots to secure the win for Michigan State.
Hildebrand made 42 saves to improve his record to 3-4 so far this season. Meanwhile, New Hampshire freshman goaltender Adam Clark (Sherwood Park, Alberta) turned away 16 shots and fell to 2-5.
The Spartans took an early 1-0 lead 3:37 into the first period when senior Brent Darnell capitalized on a rebound opportunity from a shot by junior Travis Walsh from the left point.
Following a two-minute tripping penalty by Cleland, the Spartans went up 2-0 after Ferrantino scored a power-play goal at 08:40 of the first. Senior Matt Berry handled the puck behind the net and found Ferrantino in front on the scoring play.
UNH powered back after falling behind, 2-0. Senior forward Grayson Downing ripped a shot on net from inside the right circle with just under seven minutes to play in the first frame, but was denied by Hildebrand.
With 2:16 left in the first, Michigan State freshman Carson Gatt was called with a two-minute holding penalty. The Wildcats took this opportunity and ran with it. Downing and Correale each slapped hot shots on net with the man advantage.
Just before the end of the first, Kelleher ended the power play after lifting the puck through traffic and into the back of the net at 19:22. Freshmen Andrew Poturalski (Williamsville, N.Y.) and Warren Foegele (Unionville, Ontario) were credited with the assists.
Kelleher's goal gave UNH the momentum heading into the second frame. The Wildcats concluded the first with a 16-12 advantage in shots.
The 'Cats put pressure on the Spartans' net early and often in the second.
Correale flung the puck to senior forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.). Willows drove hard to the net from UNH's blue line and lifted a shot on net. Hildebrand deflected the shot to the left of goal, where Downing collected the rebound and scored to tie the game, 2-2, 04:37 into the second.
Michigan State senior Ron Boyd was called for an elbowing penalty at 11:39 of the second after sending Downing to crash hard into the boards.
Still on the power play after Boyd's penalty, Clark came out of the UNH net and attempted to make a pass to clear his zone. Spartans junior Mackenzie MacEachern intercepted the pass and wristed a short-handed goal at 6:29 to put Michigan State ahead, 3-2.
The Wildcats ended the second as they did in the first, on the power play. Foegele skated through the teeth of the Spartans' defense and toward the net. Michigan State junior likely saved a goal by hooking Foegele at 19:03. UNH ended the period down 3-2 but still having 1:04 of its power play left to start the third.
At the conclusion of the second period, UNH remained in control of offensive chances. The 'Cats had 26 shots compared to 16 for Michigan State.
UNH started the third with dominating puck possession on the man advantage. The 'Cats created several valiant scoring chances in the slot by skaters like Kelleher and Foegele. Hildebrand turned away both shots and kept his team ahead, 3-2.
The Wildcats continued to crash the net and make Hildebrand work. With under 14:00 remaining in the third, Downing sent a slick pass to Willows from behind the Spartans' net. Willows, in front of the cage, gathered the puck and ripped a shot on goal. However, Hildebrand came up with the save to keep his team ahead.
Michigan State later went up 4-2 with 8:49 remaining in the third after Ferrantino's second goal of the game.
New Hampshire kept the non-stop pressure going down the stretch. But Hildebrand was able to make several difficult stops to help the Spartans hold on.
The Wildcats were 1-for-5 on the power play while the Spartans were 1-for-3 on the advantage.
The Wildcats wrap up the weekend series Saturday night for Operation Hat Trick Night at the Whittemore Center. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised live on WBIN-TV and FOX College Sports Atlantic. For more information on UNH men's hockey, visit www.UNHWildcats.com.