DURHAM, N.H. — Redshirt junior Clay Witt made 34 saves, but Tyler Kelleher’s tally early in the third period sent New Hampshire to a 1-0 win against the No. 14 Northeastern men’s ice hockey team in Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals last night.
UNH outshot Northeaster 35-27 in the game while holding the Huskies to an 0 of 6 showing on the power play. The Wildcats, meanwhile, went 0 of 3 on the man advantage as each team won 35 face-offs.
The Wildcats dictated the tempo of the game in the first period, outshooting NU 14-8 and outskating the Huskies for much of the opening frame.
Matt Willows nearly put New Hampshire on top midway through the first when he took a feed at the left faceoff dot and rifled a shot off the right post.
The Wildcats broke through with 15:11 left in regulation when Tyler Kelleher knocked home his fourth goal of the season when he pounded home a loose puck off a centering feed from Grayson Downing. UNH nearly went up two minutes later when Nick Sorkin’s wrist shot caught the post off a face-off win.
The teams will meet again tonight in Game 2 of the series at 7 p.m.
Maine falls to Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision to Providence in the first game of the 2014 Hockey East quarterfinal series
Maine falls to 16-14-4 on the season, while the Friars improve to 20-9-6.
Providence scored two quick goals just 1:29 apart early in the first period to take and early 2-0 lead. Trevor Mingoia scored the first goal on a pass from Mark Jankowski 5:28 into the opening period.
The Friars added to their lead at 6:57 when Derek Army notched his seventh goal of the season. Providence won a face-off and got the puck to the blueline. Brandon Tanev then found Army in the slot and put the puck on his stick.