|1st||3:29||UNH||1-0||EV||Andrew Poturalski (13)||Dan Correale/4, Tyler Kelleher/20|
|1st||10:43||UNH||2-0||EV||Maxim Gaudreault (6)||Kyle Smith/3, Jamie Hill/3|
|1st||13:20||MNE||1-2||EV||CÚdric Lacroix (3)||Andrew Tegeler/5, Daniel Perez/2|
|2nd||13:22||UNH||3-1||EV GW||Maxim Gaudreault (7)||Tyler Kelleher/21, Andrew Poturalski/16|
|2nd||15:45||UNH||4-1||PP||Ara Nazarian (2)||Kyle Smith/4, John Furgele/6|
|3rd||17:23||MNE||2-4||EV EA||Steven Swavely (3)||Dan Renouf/6, Rob Michel/5|
|3rd||19:16||UNH||5-2||EV EN||Andrew Poturalski (14)||Kyle Smith/5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (5-6-4)||1/5||6/12||0|
|Rob McGovern (L, 0-7-2)||57:39||4||8||6||10||24|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Daniel Tirone (W, 3-6-4)||59:19||2||7||14||7||28|
DURHAM, N.H. - Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.) and Andrew Poturalski (Williamsville, N.Y.) both scored two goals to lift the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 5-2 victory against the University of Maine at the Whittemore Center.
UNH extended its unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1) to improve to 5-6-4 overall and 2-1-4 in Hockey East. Maine moves to 4-9-4, 2-5-1.
New Hampshire returns to action at home Dec. 11 (7:30 p.m.) against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Tickets for that game and all UNH men's hockey home games are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000.
Poturalski also tallied an assist to finish with three points, while the two goals and two points matched career highs for Gaudreault. Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.) also recorded multiple points with two assists apiece; the two assists and two points matched personal bests for Smith.
Ara Nazarian (Boxford, Mass.) scored UNH's other goal. Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia), John Furgele (Glen Mills, Pa.) and Jamie Hill (Glassboro, N.J.) each had one assist. Danny Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.) made half of his 28 saves in the second period.
Maine goalie Rob McGovern was credited with 24 saves. Cedric Lacroix and Steven Swavely scored the Black Bears' goals.
The Wildcats netted the first two goals of the game and led 2-1 with a 10-8 shot advantage through one period of play.
Poturalski struck first at 3:29 when his blast from the slot beat McGovern between the legs. Kelleher collected Poturalski's pass through the neutral zone and, from the right wing, snapped a pass across the slot to Correale in the left circle. Correale sent the puck back to the goal scorer.
In the fifth minute, Shane Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.) ripped a one-timer from the top of the left circle through traffic, but McGovern made the save.
New Hampshire extended the advantage to 2-0 at 10:44 when Gaudreault corralled Smith's pass in the left wing and fired a slap shot into the net. Smith, with the diagonal pass from the right point, and Hill set up the tally.
The Black Bears pulled within 2-1 at 13:20. From the right boards, Andrew Tegler's centering pass was redirected by Lacroix from the top of the crease into the open net.
UNH went on the first power play of the game at 16:10 and generated a handful of dangerous scoring opportunities. Marcus Vela (Burnaby, British Columbia), positioned off the right post, was denied by McGovern on his first shot and then sent the rebound wide of the far post. Moments later, Nazarian jammed a shot at the top of crease but McGovern was in position for the save. In the waning seconds of the skater advantage, Kelleher slipped a pass from the top of the left circle to the opposite wing, where Matt Dawson (Delta, British Columbia) quickly fired a slap shot that was blocked aside by McGovern.
Midway through the second period, Vela almost converted a Maine turnover in front of its own goal into a two-goal lead as he collected the loose puck in the slot, turned and wristed a shot wide of the left post.
Gaudreault scored his second goal of the game to give New Hampshire a 3-1 lead at 13:22. Poturalski's tape-to-tape pass through the neutral zone found Kelleher's stick at the blue line. Kelleher advanced to the right circle and was denied by McGovern, but Gaudreault gathered the rebound in the slot, pivoted toward the left post and slipped a low shot into the cage.
In the 14th minute, Tegler's initial shot from the right circle was stopped by Tirone. He collected the rebound and his low shot through traffic was blocked aside by Tirone, who was sprawled out on the ice.
The 'Cats converted their second power play into a 4-1 lead at 15:45. Furgele initiated the scoring sequence with a pass from low on the left side back to Smith at the top of the right circle. Smith's shot hit the right-side netting and bounced back to the right doorstep, where Nazarian was standing to deposit a shot into the open side.
Both teams had a skater in the penalty box when Maine scored an extra attacker goal at 17:23 of the third period to trim the deficit to 4-2. Rob Michel swung the puck from the top-right to Dan Renouf in the high slot. Renouf's pass found Swavely in the circle and his shot from the faceoff dot sailed into the net.
McGovern returned to the bench to once again give the Black Bears an extra skater. An errant pass sent the puck back through the neutral zone into UNH's attack zone. Poturalski outraced a pair of Maine skaters to the puck in the right circle and cut to the low slot before sliding a shot into the empty net for a 5-2 lead at 19:16.