UNH beats Brown 4-2 for third straight victory
DURHAM — Make that three straight.
Senior linemates Kevin Goumas and Nick Sorkin each had a goal and an assist to lead the University of New Hampshire hockey team to a 4-2 win over Brown in front of 4,366 at the Whittemore Center on Tuesday night. UNH owns its first three-game win streak in nearly a year.
The Wildcats upped their overall record to 4-5-1. Brown dropped to 3-3-1.
UNH adapted well to playing a weeknight game.
"I think we handled it well," said coach Dick Umile. "I know they were happy because they don't have to listen to me in practice and got to play a game. Everything's in, we just have to play some hockey games here and get back in the hunt. Slowly but surely, hopefully that's going to happen."
Senior goalie Jeff Wyer made 24 saves for the win.
After averaging two goals a game for a span of six winless games, the Wildcats have scored at least four goals in their last three games.
The Goumas-Sorkin-Matt Willows line had the two goals, and each of UNH's other top two lines accounted for one score.
"We like all the lines," Umile said. "We've got some good balance in our lines."
The Wildcats' last three-game win streak came to an end on Dec. 6 of last season when they lost a 3-2 home game to Boston University. That also ended an eight-game unbeaten stretch. UNH won consecutive games only once more through the rest of the season.
The Wildcats, who swept Massachusetts over the weekend for their first Hockey East wins, get right back into Hockey East action this weekend. They play at Northeastern on Friday night and face the Huskies again on Saturday at the Whittemore Center. UNH has a 2-2-0 record in the league.
Brown opened the scoring with a Massimo Lamacchia goal 8:10 into the game.
The Wildcats answered with a pair of goals in short order.
Sorkin got the first at 11:06 with Eric Knodel and Goumas picking up assists.
It was Sorkin's fifth goal in 10 games. He had two goals in 29 games last season.
Junior forward Grayson Downing made it 2-1 at 13:29. Dalton Speelman and Tyler Kelleher assisted.
Downing had three goals in Saturday's 9-0 win at Massachusetts. He has five goals for the season and all have come in the last four games.
Senior forward Jeff Silengo scored his second goal of the season with 13 seconds left in the second period to push the lead to 3-1. Silengo knocked in the rebound of a Trevor van Riemsdyk blast. Kyle Smith also assisted.
Goumas converted a pass from Matt Willows to make it 4-1 with 8:49 left in the third period.
Brown forward Matt Lorito scored with 2:22 left in the third period to close out the scoring.
The Wildcats outshot Brown 41-26 for the game, 31-15 in the first two periods.
"We just were not tenacious in what we were doing," Brown coach Brendan Whittet said. "We were turning the puck over and made it easy on UNH."
Brown beat UNH, 5-2, the last time the teams met, at the Whittemore Center on Dec. 4, 2011. . . . Northeastern, this weekend's opponent, is 6-3-0 overall and 1-2-0 in Hockey East. The Huskies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win at UMass-Lowell on Saturday night ... In other college hockey action on Tuesday night, Derek Arnold's power-play goal 15 seconds into the third period was the difference in UMass Lowell's 2-1 win at Princeton.