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College Hockey: Victory for UNH in opener
Casey DeSmith, a junior out of Rochester, is expected to get the start in the championship game of the tournament tonight.
DeSmith played well and was hot from the start of the season and started all but one UNH game last year.
Coach Dick Umile said during the preseason that he expected Wyer to push DeSmith for playing time.
Senior defenseman and captain Eric Knodel scored UNH's first goal of the season on a big slap shot with 5:33 left in the first period and the Wildcats picked up one goal from each of their top three lines.
Smith, who centered a line for Willows and junior Casey Thrush, played in only two games last season. He scored a pair of goals in UNH's 6-3 exhibition win over Acadia last week.
UNH's first lead on Friday night was short-lived.
James de Haas scored a power play goal for Clarkson less than a minute and a half after Knodel opened the scoring.
Willows scored the only goal of the second period and sophomore Dan Correale got one in the third.
Clarkson scored the one goal in five power play chances. UNH was zero-for-four with the man advantage.
The Wildcats won their first four games last season.