Maine Hockey Journal

Nyquist hat trick not enough to topple UNH

Gustav Nyquist scored three goals – all on the power play – for his first career hat trick, but it wasn’t enough as the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team fell, 6-3, to the University of New Hampshire in the first of two games this weekend at the Whittemore Center in Durham, NH.

New Hampshire, the sixth ranked team in the nation, was the first to find the back of the net when Paul Thompson scored his 21st goal of the season and his 100th point of his UNH career to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead just 4:31 into the first period.

The Black Bears answered the New Hampshire goal with their first power play goal of the night as they finished the night going 3-for-4 on the night with the man advantage.

At 6:39, Tanner House recovered the loose puck in the Wildcat’s zone and found an open Gustav Nyquist, put it past goaltender Matt Di Girolamo to tie the game at 1-1.

Two minutes later, the Wildcats’ fought back with another goal of their own to regain the lead, 2-1.

Maine goaltender Martin Ouellette lost sight of the puck after it deflected off the boards behind net and back out front to New Hampshire forward Austin Block, who took full advantage of the confused netminder and scored the go ahead goal at the 8:04 mark.

Less than a minute later, Maine light the lamp again as Nyquist answer the call for the second time of the game. Robby Dee dished the puck to Nyquist near the far post for an open mouth goal, knotting the game at 2-2 midway through a busy first period.

After coming back twice in the first, the Black Bears let the Wildcats score the next two goals. Dalton Speelman, the Wildcats’ forward, scored on the power play giving his team the lead once again at 3-2 followed by Kevin Goumas, who scored his first career goal of at the 16:04 mark in the first period.

Despite being down by two goals, Maine kept applying the pressure by outshooting New Hampshire, 16-7, and scoring the lone goal of the second period as Nyquist completed his hat trick.

Nyquist with a great wrist shot beat Di Girolamo to pull his team to within one of the Wildcats, 4-3, at 18:09 of the second period.

In the third period, the Wildcats’ Paul Thompson scored on a one timer that was set up by teammate Blake Kessel at the 7:06 mark to increase UNH lead back to two goals.
With the goal, Thompson racked his second goal of the game, giving him 22 goals for the season.

Late in the third period, Maine fell behind 6-3 when senior Mike Beck scored his first goal of the season as he fired a snapshot over Ouellette.

Di Girolamo saved 37 shots fired by the Black Bears.

NOTES: Hockey East suspended Maine forward Joey Diamond for tonight’s game as a result of contact to Boston University goaltender Kieran Millan in last Friday’s game against the Terriers at Alfond Arena… Diamond was originally given a two-minute minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct on the play that happened with three seconds left in the third period.

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