Tying things up
Published: Monday, October 29, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 16:02
Casey DeSmith stopped all 34 shots he faced to guide the No. 11 University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to Saturday night’s 0-0 scoreless tie against No. 15 Northeastern University at Matthews Arena. The Huskies’ senior netminder Bryan Mountain stopped a career-high 44 shots to record his first collegiate shutout.
UNH finishes October unbeaten at 4-0-1 overall and 2-0-1 in Hockey East. NU moves to 2-2-1 both overall and in the league. The scoreless tie was the first one in the 163-game rivalry dating back to Jan. 10, 1931. It is UNH’s first scoreless tie since Jan. 5, 2001 against Maine. The Wildcats, which captured a 4-3 win on Friday night in Durham, earned three points on the weekend and have their best start since the 2007-08 season when they had an identical 4-0-1 mark.
DeSmith, the reigning Hockey East co-Defensive Player of the Week, made double-digit saves in the second (12) and third periods (10) and turned aside nine in the first and three in overtime to preserve the shutout. His first and only shutout prior came at Providence on Jan. 11, 2012. He becomes the first UNH net minder to blank the Huskies since Kevin Regan did so on Nov. 5, 2005.
Mountain made double-digit saves in all three-regulation periods with 17 in the first, 15 in the second and 10 in the third as well as a pair of saves in the five-minute overtime period.
New Hampshire dominated play in a scoreless first period, outshooting the Huskies 17-9 and getting the better of chances.
The best chance of the period for the Wildcats came in the final minutes when UNH was killing off a penalty.
Greg Burke deflected a pass that bounced out to an open Kevin Goumas at center ice. He carried the puck in but could not slide his backhander under the pads of NU net minder Bryan Mountain.
Both teams had several great opportunities in a scoreless second period. UNH held a 15-12 shot advantage in the frame. John Henrion had some of the best chances of the period and registered five shots on goal in the period.
In an even played third period both team fired 10 shots on net. One of UNH›s best opportunities in the third was a Dalton Speelman one-timer that was gloved by Mountain with 3:53 left.
In the overtime, Northeastern held a 3-2 shot edge with both teams making game-winning bids. However, both net minders were up to the task for all 65 minutes.
UNH was 0-2 on the power play, while Northeastern went 0-1 on its extra man opportunity.
The Wildcats continue this three-game road stretch with games at Massachusetts (Nov. 2 - 7 p.m.) and Maine (Nov. 4 - 4 p.m.) next weekend.