New Hampshire's record streak ends, Wildcats still topple Boston University
BOSTON – Kevin Goumas scored a pair of goals and Casey DeSmith stopped 45 of 46 shots to lift fifth-ranked New Hampshire to a 3-1 win against No. 11 Boston University Sunday afternoon in Hockey East action at Agganis Arena.
UNH, which has now won four consecutive games, 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 HEA.
DeSmith made double-digit saves in all three periods, including 17 in the second and third. He improved to 8-1-1, while Matt O'Connor made 32 saves including 18 in the first period and fell to 5-2-0. DeSmith has allowed just one goal UNH's four-game win streak.
New Hampshire struck first as 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 as Gaudreault scored this first collegiate goal on the rebound of a Justin Agosta slapshot form 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 of 7 on the power play, while UNH was 0 of 2 in its extra-skater opportunities.