Big 2nd Period Gives UNH 7-3 Win Over Hockey
Nov. 4, 2011
DURHAM, N.H. - Conor Sheary scored a goal and added two assists, while Steve Mastalerz made 23 saves in his first career game, but New Hampshire posted a three-goal second period to cruise past the UMass hockey team 7-3 on Friday night at the Whittemore Center. The Minutemen will return to the Mullins Center tomorrow evening (7 PM) to host No. 1 Boston College.
UMass falls to 1-4-2 overall and 0-4-2 in Hockey East play, while New Hampshire improves to 3-4-1 overall and 2-3-0 in league play.
Both teams posted 32 shots in the fast paced game which saw just a combined seven penalties. UMass finished the game going 1-for-3 on the power play, while UNH was 1-for-2.
The Minutemen jumped on the scoreboard first when T.J. Syner scored his third goal of the season in transition just 1:28 into the game. The Wildcats did not stay dormant, however, as Kevin Goumas tied the game just 49 seconds later.
Dalton Speelman made it a 2-1 lead for the Wildcats at the 3:41 mark. Scoring slowed through the middle of the first period until Joel Hanley fired a shot through traffic from the left point to tie the game 2-2 with just under five minutes to go.
John Henrion made it a 3-2 lead for New Hampshire with 5.4 seconds left in the 1st period. The Wildcats added three more goals to start the second period until Sheary put the Minutemen back on the board at the 17:46 mark to make it 6-3.
New Hampshire added a goal midway through the third period to close out the scoring for the evening.
Matt Di Girolamo made 29 saves in the win for the Wildcats.
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