|1st||0:18||UNH||1-0||EV||Matias Cleland (3)||Cameron Marks/2, Casey Thrush/11|
|2nd||18:46||UMA||1-1||EV||Steven Guzzo (1)||Zack LaRue/4|
|3rd||4:59||UMA||2-1||EV||Riley McDougall (2)||Keith Burchett/3, Marc Hetnik/6|
|3rd||6:52||UNH||2-2||EV||Jamie Hill (1)||Kyle Smith/3, Maxim Gaudreault/3|
|3rd||8:24||UNH||3-2||EV GW||Andrew Poturalski (7)||-|
|3rd||9:49||UNH||4-2||EV||Grayson Downing (13)||Cameron Marks/3, Matt Willows/10|
|3rd||17:46||UNH||5-2||EV EN||Grayson Downing (14)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (8-12-2)||0/3||5/10||0|
|Henry Dill (L, 7-9-0)||59:50||4||2||8||9||19|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Daniel Tirone (W, 3-0-0)||60:00||2||7||8||3||18|
DURHAM, NH - Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) scored two goals and Cameron Marks (North Vancouver, British Columbia) recorded two assists to propel the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 5-2 victory against the University of Massachusetts at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 8-12-2 overall and 3-6-1 in Hockey East. UMass, which defeated the Wildcats 6-4 on home ice Friday, is now 7-16-0, 2-11-0.
Downing extended his point-scoring streak to seven games with this third two-goal effort the past four games, while the two assists and two points marked personal bests for Marks. Downing has 14 points (10 goals, four assists) during the streak.
Jamie Hill (Glassboro, N.J.) and Andrew Poturalski (Williamsville, N.Y.) also potted third-period goals to help the 'Cats overcome a 2-1 deficit in the final frame. Matias Cleland (Longmont, Colo.) scored UNH's other goal.
UNH goaltender Danny Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.) improved to 3-0-0 with an 18-save performance that included eight stops in the second period. UMass goalie Henry Dill made nine of his 19 saves in the final frame. Riley McDougall and Steven Guzzo potted the Minutemen goals.
The teams entered the third period tied at 1-1 and combined to score five goals - four by New Hampshire. UMass broke the tie to regain the lead, 2-1, at 4:50 when Keith Burchett carried the puck into the right circle and his centering pass was one-timed into the cage by Riley McDougall. Marc Hetnik was also credited with an assist.
UNH scored three goals in just under three minutes to transform a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead. Hill recorded his first career point when he jammed Kyle Smith's (Lumberton, N.J.) pass from the left corner past Dill at 6:52. John Furgele (Glen Mills, Pa.) also tallied an assist.
Poturalski gave the Wildcats their first lead of the night, 3-2, at 8:24 when he gained possession behind the net, skated toward the left corner and curled across the goal line before firing a high shot into the net.
Downing extended the advantage to 4-2 85 seconds later (at 9:49) when he was positioned in the slot and tipped home Marks' slapper from the right point. Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) earned the secondary assist.
UMass pulled Dill in favor of an extra skater with 2:20 remaining in regulation, but UNH quickly forced the puck to the neutral zone. Downing stripped the puck at mid-ice and advanced to the middle of the blue line before ripping a shot into the open net at 17:46 to increase the margin to 5-2.
UNH took an early 1-0 lead on the first shot of the game 18 seconds into the opening stanza when Cleland's low shot from the left point went through traffic into the cage. Marks and Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) were credited with assists.
Both teams had a skater in the penalty box when UMass' Dennis Kravchen led a 2-on-1 rush into the slot and received a return pass from Zack LaRue. but his one-timer was stopped by Tirone.
UMass' Brennan Baxand blasted a slapshot from the top of the right circle that ricocheted off the crossbar.
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission despite being outshot 7-3.
New Hampshire pressured in the opening minute of the middle frame. From behind the net, Downing threw the puck in front. Willows settled the pass and lifted a shot that Dill blocked aside.
Moments later, Dill stopped a slapper from the right point by Furgele and denied Warren Foegele (Unionville, Ontario) on the rebound at the left doorstep.
In the fourth minute, Kravchen stole the puck deep in the left circle and maneuvered to the top of the crease, where he was stoned by Tirone.
The Minutemen leveled the score, 1-1, with 1:14 remaining in the second period when Steven Guzzo entered the attack zone on the right wing and rifled a shot past Tirone's glove into the upper-left corner of the cage. LaRue, with the pass through the neutral zone, set up the tally.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 23 at the University of Maine and the teams face off again Jan. 24 at the Whittemore Center. Both games begin at 7 p.m. For tickets to Saturday's game, visit www.UNHWildcats.com or call the Whittemore Center box office at (603) 862-4000.