|3rd||8:00||PRV||1-0||EV GW||Trevor Mingoia (4)||Shane Luke/2, Tom Parisi/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (4-7-0)||0/4||2/4||0|
|Nick Ellis (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||0||11||7||11||29|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Adam Clark (L, 4-7-0)||59:00||1||8||9||5||22|
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was edged at home against Providence College by a score of 1-0 Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 4-7-0 on the season and to 1-4-0 in Hockey East play. The Friars improved to 5-5-1 overall and to 4-3-0 in league action
The Wildcats went on an early power play just 47 seconds into the first period after Providence's Conor MacPhee was called for boarding. The Wildcats kept solid possession of the puck in the Friar zone. Sophomore Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) ripped a shot from point blank range, but Nick Ellis made the save on the play. Additional shots during the power play came from Brett Pesce (Tarrytown, N.Y.), John Furgele (Glen Mills, Pa.) and Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia).
With just over three minutes left in the first period, Providence's John Gilmour fired a shot from just inside the blueline that netminder Adam Clark (Sherwood Park, Alberta) saved with am extended left leg.
At the end of the first period, UNH and Providence were scoreless. UNH held a 11-8 advantage in shots on goal in the period with each netminder making saves on all of them.
In the second period, freshman Shane Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.) nearly got the 'Cats on the board with a rush down the right side of the ice. He received a pass just outside of the crease, but it went just wide. In the six minute range, Clark came up with a pair of big saves consecutively. He denied PC's Jake Walman first and then Mark Jankowski while the Friars were on a power play.
Providence also stepped up its offense in the second period having taken nine shots as opposed to UNH's seven. Friar Ross Mauermann recorded a pair of shots from just outside the crease in the frame, but both were denied by Clark. Stefan Demopoulos had a similar fate with his one shot taken from just outside of the crease as Clark remained poised in net and denied the attempts.
At the end of the second period, UNH and PC remained scoreless.
Correale nearly got UNH on the board early in the first period as he rushed the net and received a pass in the slot. His shot, however, was saved by goalie Nick Ellis. Senior Ryan Randall (Durham, N.H.) was quick to follow with a shot of his own from just inside the blueline through traffic, but his too was saved by Ellis.
Eight minutes into the third period, the Friars broke the stalemate as Trevor Mingoia recorded the lone goal of the night. The play started with Tom Parisi playing a pass to Shane Luke who was next to the net. Luke fired a pass in the middle to Mingoia who found the back of the cage for the goal.
The Wildcats kept pressure on Providence as 11 of their 17 shots in the frame were on target. In a final rush, senior Jay Camper (Rocky River, Ohio) charged down the ice with the puck and launched a shot, but it was blocked by Providence's Kyle McKenzie.
At the end of three periods, Providence held on for a 1-0 win.
The Wildcats outshot the Friars 29-23 in the game. Clark made saves on 22 of the shots faced while Ellis made saves on all 29 shots faced. UNH's penalty kill unit held Providence scoreless on two power plays.
The Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 25 as they host Rensselaer. Tickets are available by visiting www.UNHWildcats.com or by calling the UNH ticket office at (603) 862-4000.