College Hockey: van Riemsdyk scores twice as UNH skates to victory in opener
Trevor van Riemsdyk scored two goals to lift the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a season-opening 5-2 win over St. Francis Xavier of Nova Scotia, Canada, at the Whittemore Center in Durham on Saturday.
Trevor, the younger brother of former UNH standout and Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk who is in the midst of the NHL lockout, scored a goal in each the first two periods as the Wildcats led the entire game. The sophomore defenseman netted his first at the 16:44 mark of the first period to make it 2-0 and added another at the 7:04 mark of the second period to make it 3-1.
Jeff Silengo got the scoring started for the Wildcats 10:17 into the game, with assists going to Justin Agosta and Casey Thrush. Dalton Speelman made it 4-2 when he scored an unassisted goal at the 11:53 mark of the third period, and Scott Pavelski rounded out the scoring with an empty netter.
The Wildcats outshot St. Francis 30-22 and went 2-for-5 on the power play.
The X-Men scored a goal in each the second and third periods, cutting the UNH lead to just a goal both times.
Casey DeSmith and Jeff Wyer split time in net for the Wildcats and each gave up a goal. DeSmith finished with 13 saves and Wyer stopped seven shots.
The Wildcats are coming off a season when they went 15-19-3 and lost in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.