|2nd||0:28||MIC||1-0||EV||Michael Downing (1)||JT Compher/2, Andrew Copp/1|
|2nd||1:50||MIC||2-0||EV GW||Cutler Martin (1)||Zach Hyman/2, Alex Kile/2|
|2nd||14:25||UNH||1-2||SH||Matt Willows (2)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (1-2-0)||0/4||7/25||1|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Adam Clark (L, 1-2-0)||58:33||2||9||15||8||32|
|Steve Racine (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||1||7||8||16||31|
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell in a 2-1 battle to the University of Michigan Saturday night at Yost Arena. Senior Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) scored his second goal of the season for UNH.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 1-2-0 on the year while Michigan improves to 1-2-0.
Willows' goal came 5:35 remaining in the second period during shorthanded play. The captain intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and outskated the Michigan defense for the puck. He gathered it, skated in and beat Michigan goalie Steve Racine with a backhanded goal. It was his tally second of the season.
Junior blueliner Brett Pesce (Tarrytown, N.Y.) fired the first shot of the night for either team from just inside the center of the blueline, but the shot attempt went just wide. Michigan came back down the ice with its first shots, but the UNH skaters remained resilient with blocks while netminder Adam Clark (Sherwood Park, Alberta) also denied the attempts. Junior Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia) blocked a pair of shots while defenseman Matias Cleland (Longmont, Colo.) also recorded a block in the stretch.
On the other end, freshman Warren Foegele (Unionville, Ontario) came blazing down the ice toward Michigan netminder Steve Racine on the left side, but the shot he took was saved.
After one period of play, the game was scoreless. Clark made a total of nine saves in the period to keep Michigan off the board while Steve Racine made seven saves to keep UNH scoreless as well.
The Wolverines got on the board 28 seconds into the second period after Michael Downing took a shot from just inside the blueline that sailed through traffic and into the back of the net. JT Compher started the play by swinging the pass over to Michael Downing.
At the 1:50 mark of the period, Alex Kile sent a pass over to Zach Hyman in the UNH zone. Hyman took a shot on net that was redirected in front by Cutler Martin in front of the net for the goal.
Clark remained poised in net for UNH as he made 15 saves in the period. Seven of his 15 saves came while Michigan had power play opportunities.
The battle between the two teams remained prevalent in the third period as UNH ramped up the offense, outshooting Michigan 16-8 in the frame. Sophomore Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) nearly got the equalizer with a power play shot from just outside of the crease, but Racine denied the shot. Senior Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) fired a shot on the goal from the redline, but it too was stopped by Racine.
Clark kept the netminder battle going on the other side as he thwarted all eight shots from the Wolverines. Hyman and Andrew Copp each had shots from just outside of Clark's crease, but the freshman stood his ground and made saves.
With 1:27 remaining in the third period, UNH pulled Clark for an extra skater, however, the Wildcats were unable to find the back of the net. At the end of the third period, Michigan held on for a 2-1 win.
Clark made a total of 32 saves, a career high, in net for New Hampshire while Racine made 31 saves for the Wolverines.
The Wildcats remain perfect on penalty killing this season, stopping all five opportunities that Michigan had. They are now 12-for-12 through three games.
New Hampshire heads back to Wildcat Country for the home opener against Colorado College on Saturday, Oct. 25. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. Tickets are available by visiting www.UNHWildcats.com or by calling the Whittemore Ticket Office at (603) 862-4000.