|1st||10:39||STL||1-0||EV||Gavin Bayreuther (2)||Ryan Lough/2, Alex Hagen/1|
|1st||11:22||STL||2-0||EV||Brian Ward (2)||Jacob Pritchard/1, Drew Smolcynski/1|
|3rd||12:00||UNH||1-2||SH||Jamie Hill (1)||Maxim Gaudreault/1|
|3rd||17:36||UNH||2-2||PP||Maxim Gaudreault (2)||Kyle Smith/1, John Furgele/1|
|OT||2:27||STL||3-2||EV GW||Christian Horn (3)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Lawrence (3-0-0)||0/4||7/14||0|
|New Hampshire (1-1-0)||1/6||5/10||1|
|St. Lawrence Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Kyle Hayton (W, 3-0-0)||62:27||2||9||7||8||1||25|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Daniel Tirone (L, 1-1-0)||62:27||3||8||13||3||1||25|
DURHAM, N.H. - Junior Jamie Hill (Glassboro, N.J.) and senior Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.) each scored a goal, but the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell to St. Lawrence University in overtime Friday night, 3-2. The game took place at the Whittemore Center.
The Wildcats are home again Saturday night as they take on Clarkson University at 7 p.m. Limited tickets are available by visiting www.UNHWildcats.com or by calling the Whittemore Center ticket office at (603) 862-4000 extension 5.
New Hampshire fell to 1-1-0 on the season while SLU improves to 3-0-0.
During shorthanded play at the 12 minute mark of the third period, the Wildcats struck for a goal as Hill sent a backhanded shot on net from the redline that bounced off Hayton and landed in the net. Gaudreault got the assist on the play as he set Hill up with the puck.
With 2:24 left in the third period while on a power play the Wildcats tied the game at 2-2. Furgele won a puck battle along the boards and sent it to senior forward Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.). Smith played the puck to Gaudreault who then sent a return pass to Smith and made his way to the front of the net. Smith passed it back to Gaudreault who then buried his chance to tie the game.
The Wildcats threatened early as they went on a power play just 5:33 into the period. While on the advantage, sophomore defenseman John Furgele (Glen Mills, Pa.) made a heads up play at the Saints attempted to clear the puck. Furgele blocked the attempt with his stick, settled the puck and ripped a shot on net that went just high. Less than a minute later, senior forward Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.) played a pass to Furgele in the slot and then fired a wrister that was saved by St. Lawrence netminder Kyle Hayton.
The Saints took a 1-0 lead at the 10:39 mark of the first stanza as Gavin Bayreuther fired a shot to the top of the net from the left side of the goal. Alex Hagen played the puck to Ryan Lough who then found Bayreuther on the redline. The Saints gained a 2-0 advantage at 11:22 of the first on a goal by Brian Ward. Jacob Pritchard fired the initial shot that hit off the post and bounced in front of the net. In the midst of a scrum in front of the net, Ward managed to poke the puck over the line.
At the end of the first period, the Saints held a 2-0 lead. St. Lawrence held a 10-9 edge in shots.
Nearly midway through the second period, senior blueliner Harry Quast (Mullica Hills, N.J.) saved the Wildcats from a 3-0 deficit with a stellar defensive play. SLU's Alex Hagen fired a shot that hit Wildcat goalie Danny Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.) in the shoulder and popped up toward the net. Quast batted the puck out of the air and away from the net to keep the Saints from scoring.
The Wildcats put the pressure on the Saints with under three minutes to play in the second period as they were awarded a power play after SLU's Eric Sweetman went to the box for roughing. The 'Cats generated a strong bid as Gaudreault slid a backhanded pass into the slot to senior captain Collin MacDonald (West Milford, N.J.) who snapped a shot to the left side of the net. Hayton made a pad save and forced the puck to the boards.
At the end of the second period, the score remained 2-0 in favor of SLU. Tirone made saves on all 13 shots faced in the frame while Hayton made seven.
The Wildcats nearly got on the board at the midway point of the third period as sophomore forward Jason Salvaggio (Hanson, Mass.) ripped a one-timer on net that Hayton saved but Hill garnered the rebound and attempted a wraparound shot that ended up being covered by a SLU player, causing a penalty.
After 60 minutes of regulation, the game was sent to overtime.
The Wildcats had a golden opportunity in the opening minutes of overtime as junior forward Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) slid a pass to senior Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia). Correale put a shot on net, but Hayton transitioned from left to right to make the split save.
St. Lawrence netted the game winner at the 2:27 mark of OT to finalize the score at 3-2. Christian Horn gathered the puck in the neutral zone and fired a shot to the top corner of the net.
Tirone made 25 saves on 28 shots faced as his record now stands at 1-1-0 on the year. Hayton also made 25 saves and improved his record to 3-0-0.
The Wildcats are back in action Saturday night as they host Clarkson University at 7 p.m. Limited tickets are available by visiting the Whittemore Center ticket office or by calling (603) 862-4000 extension 5.