|1st||8:09||UNH||1-0||PP||Warren Foegele (1)||Collin MacDonald/4, John Furgele/2|
|1st||14:37||REN||1-1||EV||Curtis Leonard (1)||Matt Neal/4, Drew Melanson/6|
|1st||16:21||REN||2-1||EV GW||Parker Reno (1)||Travis Fulton/2, Jimmy DeVito/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (4-8-0)||1/7||4/8||0|
|Jason Kasdorf (W, 6-6-0)||19:54||1||12||0||0||12|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Adam Clark (L, 4-8-0)||58:10||2||11||7||11||29|
DURHAM, N.H. - Freshman Warren Foegele (Unionville, Ontario) scored his first career goal, but the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell short, 2-1, against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on Tuesday night at the Whittemore Center.
UNH falls to 4-8-0 overall with the loss while the Engineers improve to 6-7-1.
Foegele's goal came on the power play at 8:09 of the first to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. The score came after RPI's Michael Prapavessis skated off the ice after being called for a two-minute hooking penalty. John Furgele (Glen Mills, Pa.) blasted a shot from the right point that bounced off goalie Jason Kasdorf, creating a rebound opportunity just outside the crease. Junior Collin MacDonald (West Milford, New Jersey) tipped the puck over to Foegele who gathered the puck and wristed it into the back of the net.
But the Engineers responded with goals by Curtis Leonard and Parker Reno at 14:37 and 16:21 of the first, respectively, to help RPI hold on by a score of 2-1.
Wildcats' goaltender Adam Clark (Sherwood Park, Alberta) played one of his strongest games of the season. The freshman collected 29 saves - many of them highlight-reel worthy - on the night.
The Engineers answered with 5:23 remaining in the first, as Curtis Leonard netted a wrist shot past Clark from the left circle. The goal came just seconds after UNH killed off a two-minute tripping penalty by MacDonald.
RPI took a 2-1 lead nearly two minutes later when Parker Reno scored through traffic at 16:21.
Shot totals were even at the end of the first, with 13 for each squad.
Following a two-minute tripping minor by Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) at 2:28 of the second, UNH opened the frame with a timely short-handed defensive stand led by Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) and Clark.
Downing was relentless on the forecheck and Clark turned away a slap shot by RPI's Jared Wilson to keep the score at 2-1.
Clark continued to keep the 'Cats within striking distance, stymieing RPI's Drew Melanson on a point-blank chance with 8:00 left in the second. The Wildcats' goaltender had 18 saves through two periods.
RPI goalie Scott Diebold took over in net for the Engineers to start the second. He finished with 11 saves without allowing a goal.
Jay Camper (Rocky River, Ohio) nearly evened the score with 6:00 to play in the second frame. The senior weaved around an RPI defender and lifted a promising shot from the left circle, but Diebold was able to deny him.
Through two periods, the Wildcats had edged the Engineers in offensive opportunities, leading in shots, 24-20.
Clark delivered an outstanding save within the first minute of the third. RPI's Jacob Laliberte raced up the ice behind the UNH defense and fired a shot on the doorstep. Clark stepped up to make a key save and trump an outstanding chance for the Engineers.
The save sparked a scoring bid for the 'Cats, as Kelleher, from the slot, slapped a shot into the chest of Diebold.
UNH went back on the power play at 13:02 after RPI's Luke Curadi was called for a two-minute penalty for indirect contact to the head (elbowing). The 'Cats answered with one of the best chances to tie the score.
On the power play with 6:05 left in the game, Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) ripped a shot past Diebold that deflected off the post. The play was later reviewed, but the ruling of no goal stood and the 'Cats were still down, 2-1.
Downing delivered the Wildcats' last scoring threat. With just over a minute to play, UNH pulled Clark from net for an extra skater. The 'Cats shielded Diebold's vision with traffic. Downing then lifted a quick wrister on net, but Diebold managed to make the save.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Dec. 5, to take on Hockey East rival Boston College at the Whittemore Center (8:00 p.m.) on NBC Sports. Tickets are available by visiting www.UNHWildcats.com or by calling the UNH ticket office at (603) 862-4000.