|1st||12:05||UNH||1-0||EV||Jason Salvaggio (2)||Jamie Hill/4, John Furgele/9|
|1st||18:42||UNH||2-0||EV||Ara Nazarian (3)||Shane Eiserman/7, Marcus Vela/4|
|2nd||0:29||MNE||1-2||EV||Will Merchant (7)||Blaine Byron/6, Dan Renouf/7|
|2nd||11:33||UNH||3-1||PP||Dan Correale (11)||John Furgele/10, Matias Cleland/12|
|2nd||16:25||MNE||2-3||PP||Brian Morgan (4)||Eric Schurhamer/4, Will Merchant/4|
|3rd||8:02||UNH||4-2||EV||Andrew Poturalski (17)||Tyler Kelleher/24, Matt Dawson/6|
|3rd||11:39||MNE||3-4||PP||Will Merchant (8)||Nolan Vesey/2|
|3rd||12:56||UNH||5-3||PP GW||Dan Correale (12)||Andrew Poturalski/17, Tyler Kelleher/25|
|3rd||13:36||MNE||4-5||EV||Dan Renouf (4)||Rob Michel/6, Daniel Perez/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (7-6-4)||2/6||5/10||0|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Daniel Tirone (W, 5-6-4)||60:00||4||14||8||9||31|
|Rob McGovern (L, 0-8-2)||59:30||5||10||11||8||29|
PORTLAND, Maine - The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team defeated the University of Maine, 5-4, Tuesday night at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine. Scoring for the Wildcats was Jason Salvaggio (Hanson, Mass.), Ara Nazarian (Boxford, Mass.), Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia), who scored twice and Andrew Poturalski (Williamsville, N.Y.).
The Wildcats are now unbeaten in their last five games (4-0-1) and improve to 7-6-4 on the year. The Black Bears fell to 4-10-4 this season.
Wildcat netminder Danny Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.) came up with a pair of big saves with just over 15 minutes left in the first period. Maine's Dan Renouf came in and fired a shot that Tirone saved and then fired a one-time rebound. Tirone was able to keep the puck out of the net with a sprawling save.
Salvaggio gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at the 12:05 mark of the first period with his second goal of the season. The play started with Furgele playing a pass up ice to junior forward Jamie Hill (Glassboro, N.J.) in the Maine zone. Hill wound up and ripped a slap shot that Black Bear netminder Rob McGovern saved, but Salvaggio corralled the rebound and fired it into the net.
Nazarian put UNH up 2-0 at 18:42 of the first period with his third goal of the season. Rookie Marcus Vela (Burnaby, British Columbia) fed the puck to sophomore Shane Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.) in the faceoff circle to the left of McGovern and then played the puck to Nazarian in the slot. Nazarian buried his one-time shot into the back of the net.
At the end of the first period, the Wildcats held a 2-0 lead. Tirone made saves on all 14 shots faced while McGovern made saves on 10-of-12 shots faced.
The Black Bears got on the board 29 seconds into the second period on a goal by Will Merchant. Merchant fired a shot on net that Tirone got a piece of, however he could not hold on to the puck and it bounced over the line.
Junior Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) nearly got UNH a third goal with 9:40 left in the second period as he received the puck in the slot and beat the defenseman, but McGovern made the save and the net came loose to end the play.
While on a power play at 11:33 of the second period, Correale notched his 11 goal of the season to put UNH up, 3-1. The play started with junior blueliner Matias Cleland (Longmont, Colo.) swinging the puck across the blueline to Furgele. Furgele fired a shot on net that Correale tipped into the net past McGovern.
The Black Bears struck again with 3:35 left in the second stanza on a power play goal by Eric Schurhamer. Brian Morgan won the faceoff back to Schurhamer at the point who fired a shot into traffic that found the back of the net.
At the end of the second period, UNH remained ahead, 3-2. Tirone had made 22 saves while McGovern had 21 saves.
At 8:02 of the third period, Poturalski recorded his 17th goal of the season to put the Wildcats up 4-2. The goal came when freshman forward Matt Dawson (Delta, British Columbia) ripped the puck into the Maine zone from the blueline. Kelleher gathered the puck off the boards, played it to Poturalski who shoved it past McGovern for the goal.
Merchant tallied his second goal of the night at 11:39 of the third on a power play. His goal came when he turned around and fired the puck into the net from the slot.
Correale answered for the Wildcats at 12:56 of the third with his second power play goal of the night. The play began with tape-to-tape passes from Kelleher behind the net to Poturalski who was just outside of the crease. He sent the puck to Correale who while on one knee ripped it home. Dan Renouf brought the score to 5-4 at 13:36 of the third period. Rob Michel and Daniel Perez assisted on the play.
After a battle, the Wildcats prevailed 5-4 over the Black Bears. Tirone earned his fifth win of the season as he made 31 saves on 35 shots faced. His record improves to 5-6-4. McGovern got the loss for Maine after allowing five goals on 34 shots faced. Each team netted two power play goals in the game.
The two teams conclude the four-game season series on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game will air live on WBIN-TV and FOX College Sports.