|1st||6:12||MSU||1-0||EV GW||Mason Appleton (1)||Michael Ferrantino/2, Mackenzie MacEachern/3|
|2nd||16:11||MSU||2-0||PP||Villiam Haag (1)||Michael Ferrantino/3, Mackenzie MacEachern/4|
|3rd||3:35||MSU||3-0||EV||JT Stenglein (4)||Joe Cox/2|
|3rd||6:49||MSU||4-0||SH||Joe Cox (2)||-|
|3rd||12:29||MSU||5-0||EV||Cody Milan (1)||Villiam Haag/1, Travis Walsh/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (3-3-1)||0/2||2/4||0|
|Michigan State (3-3-1)||1/2||2/4||1|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Daniel Tirone (L, 1-3-1)||60:00||5||17||13||7||37|
|Michigan State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jake Hildebrand (W, 3-3-1)||60:00||0||5||8||12||25|
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell by a score of 5-0 at Michigan State University Friday night at Munn Ice Arena on the campus of Michigan State.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-3-1 on the year while the Spartans improve to 3-3-1 overall. Senior forward Collin MacDonald (West Milford, N.J.) led the 'Cats with three shots.
The Spartans took a 1-0 lead at the 6:12 mark of the first period on a goal by Mason Appleton. Mackenzie MacEachern started the play as he dumped the puck into the Wildcat zone behind the net. Michael Ferrantino found the puck behind the net a played a pass to Appleton who was sitting at the post to the left of UNH netminder Danny Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.). Appleton played a one-timer that found its way into the net.
The Wildcats nearly got on the goal with just under 11:30 left in the first period as sophomore Michael McNicholas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) got the puck in the MSU zone to the right of Spartan goalie Jake Hildebrand. McNicholas played a pass to freshman Marcus Vela (Burnaby, British Columbia) who was streaking in, but his one-time bid went just wide of the net.
With the clock winding down in the first period, the Wildcats generated another scoring chance as sophomore Shane Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.) used some fancy stickwork to burn a Michigan State defenseman in the netural zone and skate in with the puck. Eiserman ripped a snapshot on net, but Hildebrand made a save with his blocker.
At the end of the first period, the Spartans held a 1-0 lead. Tirone made 17 saves on 18 shots in the first period while Hildebrand made saves on all five shots faced.
Early in the second period, junior Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) made a heads up play to intercept a MSU pass in the neutral zone and skate into Spartan territory with the puck on a breakaway. Kelleher deked right and shot to the left, but Hildebrand made a save. Less than a minute later, Kelleher gained control of the puck in MSU's zone and slid a pass to senior Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia) in the slot. Correale shot the pick, but Hildebrand kept is from going over the line as the net was knocked off and play was stopped.
The Spartans took a 2-0 advantage with a power play goal by Villiam Haag with 3:49 left in the second period. MacEachern played a pass to Ferrantino who found Haag on the post to Tirone's right. Haag played a one-timer off the cross-ice pass and put it into the net.
At the end of the second period, MSU held a 2-0 lead. Tirone had made 30 saves through two periods while Hildebrand has 13.
Michigan State took a 3-0 lead at the 3:36 mark of the third frame on a backhanded goal by JT Stenglein. Joe Cox gained possession of the puck for the Spartans and played a pass to Stenglein in the faceoff circle in the UNH zone. Stenglein skated across the face of the net and lifted a backhanded shot into the net. The Spartans increased their lead with a shorthanded goal at the 6:39 mark of the third period. Cox got the puck and skated across the face of the net and put the puck away. MSU gained a 5-0 lead at 12:29 of the period on a goal by Cody Milan. Travis Walsh and Haag got the assists on the play.
At the end of the game, the score was finalized at 5-0. Tirone made a total of 37 saves in the game on 42 shots faced. His record falls to 1-3-1 on the year. Hildebrand made saves on all 25 shots faced from the Wildcats as his record improves to 3-3-1.
The Wildcats are back in action Saturday night as they complete the weekend series with the Spartans. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game will air live on FOX Sports Detroit. The Wildcats return home next on Friday, Nov. 20 as they take on the University of Massachusetts at 7 p.m. Limited tickets are available by calling the Whittemore Center ticket office at (603) 862-4000 extension 5 or by visiting www.UNHWildcats.com.