|1st||2:54||REN||1-0||EV||Jake Wood (4)||Mike Prapavessis/5|
|2nd||5:49||REN||2-0||EV||Drew Melanson (2)||Mark Miller/1, Lou Nanne/5|
|2nd||9:09||REN||3-0||EV||Riley Bourbonnais (7)||Jake Wood/4, Zach Schroeder/5|
|2nd||12:38||UNH||1-3||EV EA||Andrew Poturalski (9)||Matt Dawson/4, Chris Miller/3|
|2nd||13:21||UNH||2-3||PP||Andrew Poturalski (10)||Matias Cleland/8, Cameron Marks/7|
|3rd||1:04||UNH||3-3||EV||Andrew Poturalski (11)||John Furgele/4, Tyler Kelleher/16|
|3rd||15:59||REN||4-3||EV GW||Alex Rodriguez (1)||Travis Fulton/3, Parker Reno/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (3-6-3)||1/4||2/4||0|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Daniel Tirone (L, 1-6-3)||59:48||4||10||12||12||34|
|Cam Hackett (W, 4-0-2)||60:00||3||10||10||15||35|
TROY, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Andrew Poturalski (Williamsville, N.Y.) recorded a hat trick as the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 4-3, Tuesday night at Houston Fieldhouse.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-6-3 on the year while the Engineers improve to 7-4-2. The Wildcats return home on Saturday, Nov. 28 as they take on Bentley University at the Whittemore Center. Limited tickets are available by visiting www.UNHWildcats.com or by calling the Whittemore Center Ticket Office at (603) 862-4000 extension 5.
RPI took a 1-0 lead at the 2:54 mark of the first period on a goal by Mike Prapavessis. Prapavessis gained control of the puck along the boards in the UNH zone and fired a wrister through traffic. The puck took a hop and was able to find the back of the net.
The Wildcats nearly got on the board with just over eight minutes to play in the first period on a well orchestrated play initiated by senior Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.). Gaudreault gained control of the puck in the neutral zone and slid a pass up to senior Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.) in the RPI zone. Smith dropped a pass to senior captain Collin MacDonald (West Milford, N.J.) who ripped a shot on net, but RPI netminder Cam Hackett made the save.
During shorthanded play, Poturalski almost tied the game as he stripped a RPI defenseman of the puck and skated towards the Engineers' net. He attempted a backhanded shot, but Hackett laid out and stopped the shot.
At the end of the first period, the Wildcats trailed by a score of 1-0.
RPI's Drew Melanson gave the Engineers a 2-0 lead at the 5:49 mark of the second period on a shot from the left of UNH netminder Danny Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.). The play started with a shot by Lou Nanne that Tirone saved. The rebound popped out to Mark Miller who also fired a shot, but TIrone denied that attempt. His save bounced to Melanson to fired a shot past a diving Tirone and into the net.
At 9:09 of the second period, RPI jumped ahead to a 3-0 lead on a goal by Riley Bourbonnais. Jake Wood took the initial shot from the point that Tirone saved, but the puck bounced behind him and Bourbonnais was there to put it away.
At 12:38 of the second period, Poturalski got UNH on the board with a delayed-penalty goal. Senior defenseman Harry Quast (Mullica Hills, N.J.) started the play as he fired a shot that bounced off the corner and towards the blueline. Rookie Chris Miller (Windham, N.H.) tipped the puck back to classmate defenseman Matt Dawson (Delta, British Columbia) who ripped a shot on net that was tipped in front of the net and into the goal by Poturalski.
Poturalski notched his second goal of the night on a power play just 43 seconds later. Sophomore defenseman Cameron Marks (North Vancouver, British Columbia) saucered a pass along the blueline to junior Matias Cleland (Longmont, Colo.) who then found Poturalski at the top of the faceoff circle. Poturalski found the back of the net with a snipe to the top corner to bring UNH to within one goal.
At the end of the second period, the Wildcats trailed, 3-2.
Poturalski recorded his third goal of the night at 1:04 of the third period on an extra effort rebound play. Junior Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) skated out of the UNH zone with the puck and into RPI territory. He found sophomore John Furgele (Glen Mills, Pa.) in the slot who fired a shot on net that Hackett saved. Poturalski followed up the play as he put the rebound away to tie the game. It was the first hat trick of his career.
The Engineers went ahead 4-3 with a goal by Alex Rodriguez with 4:01 remaining in regulation. Parker Reno sent a pass to Travis Fulton who found Rodriguez inside the faceoff circle to Tirone's left. Rodriguez turned and fired a wrister that went into the top corner of the net for the goal.
At the end of the game, the Engineers held on for a 4-3 win. Tirone made a total of 34 saves on 38 shots faced as his record falls to 1-6-3 on the year. Hackett made 35 saves on 38 shots faced, improving his record to 4-0-2. The Wildcats were 1-for-4 on power plays while holding RPI scoreless on two opportunities.