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Goumas lifts Wildcats past Terriers

The New Hampshire

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 15:02

 

Kevin Goumas scored a pair of goals and Casey DeSmith stopped 45 of 46 shots to lift the now No. 3 University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 win over now No. 10 Boston University in Hockey East action at Agganis Arena.

That came after the Wildcats shut out UMass Lowell on Friday night on the road, beating the River Hawks 3-0.

UNH, which has now won four straight, improved to 8-1-1 overall with a 6-1-1 mark in Hockey East play. Boston University is now 6-4-0, 5-3-0 in Hockey East action. 

DeSmith made double-digit saves in all three periods, including 17 in both the second and third. He improves to 8-1-1, while Matt O’Connor made 32 saves including 18 in the first period. He falls to 5-2-0 on the season. DeSmith has allowed just one goal during UNH’s four-game win streak.

In addition to Goumas, Maxim Gaudreault scored the first of his career in a two-goal first period for the Wildcats.

 

New Hampshire struck first as Kevin Goumas scored on a wrister that got past BU netminder Matt O’Connor. Dalton Speelman deflected a pass that trickled out to an open Goumas, who did the rest at 11:34 of the first.

UNH doubled its lead when Gaudreault scored his first collegiate goal on a rebound off a Justin Agosta slapshot from the point. Scott Pavelski fed Agosta at the point and was credited with an assist on the goal. UNH held a 20-12 shot edge.

The Terriers controlled play in a second period in which they were on the power play four times.

BU’s lone goal in the frame was an even-strength tally at 4:40 of the frame as Danny O’Regan scored from the left slot on a goal that was setup by a great end-to-end effort by Matt Grzelcyk.

O’Regan’s goal snapped a program-record streak of 204:40 without allowing a goal. DeSmith was in net for a program-record 203:32 of that span.

UNH scored the game’s final goal as Austin Block redirected a pass into center ice where Goumas collected the puck and skated in for an easy empty-netter just before time expired. BU held an 17-11 shot edge in the period, while both teams were 0-2 on the power play in the third.

The Terriers outshot the Wildcats 46-35 for the game. BU was officially 0-7 on the power play, while UNH was 0-2 in its extra-skater opportunities.

The Wildcats continue their two-game road trip in Colorado just after Thanksgiving. 

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