Vermont Edges New Hampshire, 2-1
Freshman forward Alex Esposito posts goal and assist for Catamounts

Freshman forward Alex Esposito scored a goal and an assist for the Catamounts
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 5:21  VER1-0 PP Alex Esposito (9)Liam Coughlin/5, Matt Alvaro/8
2nd 13:27  VER2-0 EV GW Matt O'Donnell (6)Alex Esposito/10, Matt Alvaro/9
2nd 18:05  UNH1-2 EV Ara Nazarian (8)Michael McNicholas/18, Brendan van Riemsdyk/8
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Vermont  1102
New Hampshire  0101
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Vermont  610420
New Hampshire  1210628
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Vermont (9-15-5)  1/4 6/12 0
New Hampshire (10-14-5)  0/5 5/10 0
Vermont Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Stefanos Lekkas (W, 9-14-4)59:561 129627
Empty Net0:040     
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Daniel Tirone (L, 10-12-5)58:442 59418
Empty Net1:160     

DURHAM, N.H. - Alex Esposito posted one goal and one assist for the Catamounts as the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell to Vermont, 2-1, at the Whittemore Center Friday night. Junior Ara Nazarian (Boxford, Mass.) scored the UNH goal.

The Wildcats will return to the Whittemore Center on Saturday, Feb. 10, to conclude the series versus Vermont at 7:00 p.m. The game will be Coach Umile Bobblehead Night. There will be on-ice recognition honoring Coach Umile featuring family, friends and alumni. Tickets can be purchased at the Whittemore Center Box Office, online at or by calling 603-862-4000.

Score: Vermont 2 New Hampshire 1
Records: UNH (10-14-5, 5-10-4 HEA); Vermont (9-15-5, 6-9-4 HEA)
Location: Durham, N.H. (Whittemore Center)
Date: Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Attendance: 4,384


- At 5:21 of the first period, Alex Esposito scored on a wrist shot for a power play goal to give the Catamounts a 1-0 lead.

- UNH outshot Vermont 12-6 in the first period, while the Wildcats went 0-2 on the power play and the Catamounts went 1-2.

- At 13:27 of the second period, Esposito sent a pass to Matt O'Donnell who then took a backhanded shot from just outside the crease that went to the back of the net, giving the Catamounts the 2-0 lead.

- At 18:05 of the second period, Nazarian was sent on a breakaway off a drop pass by senior Michael McNicholas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) as he then scored on a backhander cutting the Catamounts lead to 2-1. Sophomore Brendan van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) posted an assist.

- In the second period each team took 10 shots, while each team also went 0-1 on the man advantage.

- With 1:16 remaining in the third period, the Wildcats went with an empty net but were unable to score the equalizer as the Catamounts secured the 2-1 victory.


- UNH outshot Vermont, 28-20.

- The Wildcats went 0-6 on the power play while the Catamounts went 0-4.

- Senior goalie Danny Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.) made 18 saves while Stefanos Lekkas posted 27 to earn the win.