|1st||1:58||UNH||1-0||EV||Collin MacDonald (2)||Tyler Kelleher/4|
|1st||9:47||UNH||2-0||EV||Andrew Poturalski (4)||Collin MacDonald/3, Tyler Kelleher/5|
|1st||11:50||UNH||3-0||EV||Matt Willows (4)||Grayson Downing/4, Casey Thrush/3|
|1st||15:30||NOE||1-3||PP||Colton Saucerman (1)||Mike McMurtry/3, Matt Benning/2|
|2nd||9:37||NOE||2-3||EV||Jarrett Fennell (1)||Colton Saucerman/1|
|2nd||12:13||NOE||3-3||EV||Dalen Hedges (2)||Kevin Roy/5, Matt Benning/3|
|3rd||13:03||UNH||4-3||PP GW||John Furgele (1)||Dan Correale/5, Maxim Gaudreault/1|
|3rd||19:45||UNH||5-3||EV EN||Casey Thrush (1)||Matt Willows/3, Matias Cleland/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (4-5-0)||1/5||1/5||0|
|Clay Witt (L, 0-3-0)||59:24||4||12||8||7||27|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Adam Clark (W, 4-5-0)||60:00||3||13||11||9||33|
DURHAM, N.H. - John Furgele (Glen Mills, Pa.) broke a 3-3 tie with 6:57 remaining in regulation to lift the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Friday night's 5-3 Hockey East victory against Northeastern University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 4-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in Hockey East with its second consecutive win. NU remains winless at 0-8-1, 0-4-1.
It was the first career goal for Furgele, who was one of five Wildcat goal scorers and one of 10 to record a point. Collin MacDonald (West Milford, N.J.), Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) and Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) all recorded a goal and an assist while Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) tallied two assists. Andrew Poturalski (Williamsville, N.Y.) was UNH's other goal scorer.
Freshman goaltender Adam Clark (Sherwood Park, Alberta) made 13 of his career-high 33 saves in the first period. NU counterpart Clay Witt stopped 27 shots, including 12 in the opening stanza. Colton Saucerman 1g, 1a), Matt Benning (2a) and Dalen Hedges (1g) led the Huskies' offense.
UNH netted the game's first three goals and led 3-1 at the end of the first period. On the right half-boards, Kelleher snapped a pass to MacDonald cutting down the slot and he wristed a shot inside the left post to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 1:58.
Poturalski extended the advantage to 2-0 at 9:47 with his fourth goal of the season. Kelleher started the play as he skated up ice with the puck and saucered it to MacDonald over on the left wing. MacDonald played the puck to Poturalski in the slot who ripped a wrist shot into the net on the glove side of Witt.
Willows, in the low slot, made it 3-0 at 11:50 when he corralled a loose puck off Downing's blocked shot and fired a shot that trickled past Witt. Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) was also credited with an assist.
NU went on a five-minute power play at 14:27 and scored 63 seconds later to trim the deficit to 3-1 at 15:30. The Huskies patiently passed the puck around the perimeter before Matt Benning slipped a pass from the right point to Mike McMurtry in the slot. McMurtry's initial shot was stopped by Clark, but Saucerman collected the rebound on the right doorstep and lifted the puck into the open net.
UNH's penalty kill quelled a momentum shift, however, by limiting the Huskies to just one shot the next 2:30 on the power play that ended prematurely when Northeastern was whistled for slashing at 18:00.
NU generated a 13-8 shot advantage in the second stanza to level the score, 3-3. Jarrett Fennell's low, screened shot from the left point found the back of the net to lift the Huskies within 3-2 at 9:37. Saucerman, with the pass across the high slot from the right point, set up the tally.
The visitors tied the score, 3-3, at 12:13. Clark stopped Kevin Roy's initial shot but Dalen Hedges gained possession behind the net and his wraparound at the right post went into the cage. Benning earned his second assist of the game on the tally.
Northeastern was whistled for slashing at 11:05 of the third period and the Wildcats converted their fifth power play of the game into Furgele's game-winning goal at 13:03, which came on a rising blast from the high slot that hit the inside of the post and went into the cage. Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia), with the pass to Furgele, and Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.) set up the goal.
With 2:30 on the clock, Willows slipped behind the Huskies' defense and advanced down the slot, but his point-blank shot was stopped by Clay.
Clay was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 36 seconds remaining, but the Huskies were unable to sustain pressure in the offensive zone. Matias Cleland (Longmont, Colo.) cleared the puck into the neutral zone along the left boards, where Willows gained possession at mid-ice and continued to the half-boards before centering a pass to Thrush, who deposited the puck into the open net from eight feet to give the 'Cats a 5-3 lead at 19:45.
UNH and Northeastern conclude the home-and-home series Nov. 15 (7 p.m.) at Matthews Arena. The Wildcats' next home game is Friday, Nov. 21 (7:30 p.m.) against Providence College..