|1st||5:40||UNH||1-0||EV||Andrew Poturalski (3)||Tyler Kelleher/3, Dylan Maller/2|
|2nd||2:06||MSU||1-1||EV||Mackenzie MacEachern (4)||-|
|2nd||11:05||MSU||2-1||PP||Michael Ferrantino (4)||Joe Cox/3, Travis Walsh/3|
|2nd||12:45||UNH||2-2||EV||Matt Willows (3)||Ryan Randall/1|
|2nd||14:53||UNH||3-2||EV GW||Tyler Kelleher (4)||Warren Foegele/4, Andrew Poturalski/4|
|3rd||6:55||UNH||4-2||EV||Dan Correale (2)||Grayson Downing/3, John Furgele/1|
|3rd||18:02||UNH||5-2||EV EN||Grayson Downing (4)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Michigan State (3-5-0)||1/5||3/6||0|
|New Hampshire (3-5-0)||0/2||7/14||0|
|Michigan State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jake Hildebrand (L, 3-5-0)||59:11||4||7||4||5||16|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Adam Clark (W, 3-5-0)||60:00||2||6||7||9||22|
DURHAM, N.H. - Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia), Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Andrew Poturalski (Williamsville, N.Y.) all recorded a goal and an assist to propel the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 5-2 non-conference victory against Michigan State University at the Whittemore Center.
Both UNH and MSU are now 3-5-0 overall following the weekend series split.
Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia) and Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.), both wingers on Downing's line, scored the other two Wildcats' goals. Defensemen Dylan Maller (Parkland, Fla.), John Furgele (Glen Mills, Pa.) and Ryan Randall (Durham, N.H.) all recorded one assist, and it marked the first career point for both Furgele and Randall.
UNH goaltender Adam Clark (Sherwood Park, Alberta) stopped 22 shots, including all seven in the first period and all nine in the third. MSU counterpart Jake Hildebrand made 16 saves. Mackenzie MacEachern and Michael Ferrantino scored the Spartans' goals.
UNH skated to a 1-0 lead in the first period with an 8-6 shot advantage. The Wildcats pressured with six shot attempts in the opening three minutes, but Hildebrand turned away three shots by Correale Jay Camper (Rocky River, Ohio) and Warren Foegele (Unionville, Ontario) and his defense blocked the other three.
New Hampshire struck first on Poturalski's third goal of the season at 5:40. Maller initiated the scoring sequence with a pass out of the defensive zone to Poturalski, who advanced the puck through the neutral zone to Kelleher. He carried the puck into the left circle and snapped a pass across the slot to Poturalski, who was alone in the inner-right circle and patiently waited before wristing a shot into the open right side.
The Spartans' Joe Cox singlehandedly generated a dangerous scoring chance when he maneuvered past two defenders while moving from the right point diagonally to the slot before shooting wide of the left post.
In the closing seconds of the first period, with UNH on the power play, Poturalski's centering pass from the right corner found Kelleher, whose rising wrister was snared by Hildebrand's glove.
Both teams netted two goals in the second period to advance the score to 3-2 through 40 minutes. Michigan State leveled the score, 1-1, at 2:06 by capitalizing on a UNH turnover in its defensive zone. MacEachern corralled the loose puck in the slot and lifted a shot inside the left post.
Willows led a 2-on-2 rush down the right wing in the eighth minute and slipped the puck to Downing cutting down the slot. In his attempt to step around a defender, Downing lost control of the puck into the right corner.
The Spartans took a 2-1 lead on Ferrantino's power-play goal at 11:05. From the high slot, Cox found Ferrantino at the left doorstep and he roofed a shot for his fourth goal of the season. Travis Walsh was also credited with an assist.
The 'Cats potted goals 2:08 apart to regain the lead, 3-2. Willows tied the score on a breakaway at 12:45 when he gathered Randall's headman pass through the neutral zone. Willows skated through the right circle and snapped a close-range shot into the upper-right corner.
Kelleher scored his fourth goal of the season at 14:53 when his shot from the top of the crease went into the top-right corner of the cage. Foegele, with the centering pass from the left corner, and Poturalski set up the tally.
In the third period, UNH had a dangerous shorthanded bid when Downing won the battle to keep the puck in the offensive zone at the right point, backhanded a centering pass and Willows' slap shot was blocked by Hildebrand's pads.
In the fifth minute, Michigan State's Ron Boyd blasted screened shot from the left point, but Clark chested down the shot and covered the puck. Two minutes later, Villiam Haag led a 2-on-1 rush on the right wing and found JT Stenglein in the slot, but he was denied by Clark.
The Wildcats counterattacked and extended the lead to 4-2 at 6:55. From the left point, Downing saucered a diagonal pass that Correale, positioned at the right doorstep, redirected out of mid-air inside the near post. Furgele was credited with the secondary assist.
Midway through the final frame, Cox led a rush into the left circle. His centering pass found Ferrantino between the hashmarks and his quick shot was stopped by Clark.
With just over five minutes remaining, Hildebrand enveloped Camper's one-timer from the slot. The goalie was pulled in favor of an extra attacker with 2:29 remaining. Willows' attempt at the empty net from the blue line was blocked by Travis Walsh. On the Spartans' ensuing breakout of the defensive end, Downing intercepted a pass at center ice. Despite losing his balance and falling to the ice, Downing swept the puck into the open ice to give the 'Cats a 5-2 lead at 18:02.
New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Nov. 14 (7:30 p.m.) at home against Northeastern University. For tickets, visit www.UNHWildcats.com or call the UNH ticket office at (603) 862-4000.