|1st||1:55||UNH||1-0||EV GW||Ara Nazarian (4)||Marcus Vela/5, Chris Miller/4|
|1st||2:10||UNH||2-0||EV||Marcus Vela (2)||Ara Nazarian/6, Harry Quast/2|
|1st||19:28||UNH||3-0||PP||Dan Correale (13)||Matias Cleland/13, Maxim Gaudreault/3|
|2nd||1:56||UNH||4-0||EV||Maxim Gaudreault (10)||Kyle Smith/7, Jamie Hill/5|
|2nd||7:10||UNH||5-0||EV||Michael McNicholas (1)||Frankie Cefalu/2, Jason Salvaggio/2|
|2nd||12:40||UNH||6-0||EV||Kyle Smith (3)||Maxim Gaudreault/4, Tyler Kelleher/26|
|3rd||17:07||UNH||7-0||PP||Jason Salvaggio (3)||Cameron Marks/9, Michael McNicholas/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (8-6-4)||2/6||3/6||0|
|Matt Morris (L, 4-3-2)||27:10||5||8||3||0||11|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Daniel Tirone (W, 6-6-4)||60:00||0||6||9||6||21|
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.) recorded a goal and two assists to earn the Battle for the RiverStone Cup MVP and propel the University of New Hampshire to Wednesday night's 7-0 non-conference victory against the University of Maine at Verizon Wireless Arena.
UNH, which scored three goals each of the first two periods, extended its win streak to three games and unbeaten streak to six (5-0-1) to improve to 8-6-4 overall. The Wildcats' attack featured seven different goal scorers and 14 skaters recorded a point. Maine is now 4-11-4.
The Wildcats return to action Jan. 2, 2016 ( 7p.m.) at the University of Vermont in another non-conference game against a Hockey East foe. UNH's next home game is Jan. 8 (7 p.m.) against eighth-ranked UMass Lowell.
Gaudreault matched his career high of two assists and established a personal best of three points. Michael McNicholas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Ara Nazarian (Boxford, Mass.), Jason Salvaggio (Hanson, Mass.) and Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.) all finished with a goal and an assist. Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia) netted UNH's other goal.
Danny Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.) recorded 21 saves, including nine in the second period, for his first shutout of the season and third of his career. Maine starting goalie Matt Morris was pulled at 7:10 of the second period after allowing the fifth goal of the game; he made 11 saves and was charged with the loss. Sean Romeo played the final 32:50 in relief and stopped 21 of 23 shots, including 18 of 19 in the third period.
New Hampshire quickly built a 2-0 lead by scoring goals 15 seconds apart at 1:55 and 2:10 of the first period. Vela's initial shot from the right wing was stopped by Morris, but Nazarian corralled the rebound in the slot and fired the puck into the net to give the 'Cats a 1-0 lead; Chris Miller (Windham, N.H.) was credited with the secondary assist. Vela would not be denied on his next shot, which sailed into the cage from the slot. Nazarian and Harry Quast (Mullica Hills, N.J.) set up the tally.
The Wildcats went on their second power play of the game at 19:23 and scored five seconds later to extend the advantage to 3-0. Gaudreault initiated the sequence with a pass from the right point across the high slot to Matias Cleland (Longmont, Colo.), who blasted a low drive toward the right post that Correale tipped into the net for his 13th goal of the season.
UNH took that three-goal lead and 11-6 shot advantage into the first intermission.
Gaudreault scored off a rebound in the slot to give New Hampshire a 4-0 lead at 1:56 of the second stanza. Smith, with the initial shot from the left circle, and Jamie Hill (Glassboro, N.J.) were credited with assists.
Morris made his best play of the game in the fourth minute. Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) corralled a headman pass at the blue line and skated alone down the slot. He attempted to deke Morris in the low slot, but the goalie executed a poke check to deny a scoring chance.
McNicholas scored his first collegiate goal at 7:10 to push the advantage to 5-0. Salvaggio moved the puck from the left wing to Frankie Cefalu (Buffalo, N.Y.), who lost possession as he skated across the slot. McNicholas pulled in the loose puck in the right circle and lifted a shot inside the near post.
Smith gave the 'Cats a 6-0 lead at 12:40 of the second period when he roofed a shot from the right doorstep. Gaudreault, who carried the puck along the end line on the right side, and Kelleher were credited with assists.
Salvaggio netted UNH's second power-play goal of the game with 2:53 remaining in regulation. From the right circle, McNicholas moved the puck to the high slot. Cameron Marks (North Vancouver, British Columbia) fired a shot stopped by Romeo, but Salvaggio deposited the rebound into the net at the left doorstep.
UNH finished with a 39-21 shot advantage and went 2-for-6 on the power play as well as 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.