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Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Feel-good weekend
University of New Hampshire goalie Casey DeSmith, of Rochester, makes a save on Omaha's Dominic Zombo during the first period of their game Saturday in Durham. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
The Wildcats looked on the bright side. The Mavericks had a lengthy two-man power play to open the period and it could have been worse.
The Wildcats — and particularly Sorkin and his linemates Matt Willows, a junior, and Kevin Goumas, a senior — went to work and proceeded to turn the game around.
"We knew once they got that goal we had to come back that much harder," Willows said. "We never let down. We never put our heads down."
It was the second career hat trick for Willows, who had one in the Hockey East quarterfinals last year against Providence.
Bourque collected his first collegiate point with an assist on a Willows goal on Friday night and added an assist on Casey Thrush's first goal of the game on Saturday night. Bourque has played in five games.
"This was a huge win for us," said UNH coach Dick Umile late on Saturday night. "Big weekend. Back-to-back wins and we put ourselves feeling good. Hopefully we can continue to go forward."
The Big Green are 2-11-2 and have been playing nothing but close games for more than a month. Sophomore goalie Charles Grant had 33 saves in a 1-1 tie at Vermont on Friday and Dartmouth plays at Boston University on Wednesday.
THE men's and women's basketball teams each have a game against an Ivy League opponent on Tuesday night before they swing into America East play later in the week.
The women play Yale at home on Tuesday and open their league schedule with a home game against Stony Brook on Saturday at 1. Yale is 5-7 and Stony Brook is 8-4.
Anderson made 10 of her 16 field goals and six of nine three-pointers.
The men are at Brown on Tuesday night and get back to league play at Binghamton on Thursday night.
The Wildcats dropped a tough one on Saturday at home to Sacred Heart, 66-53. The Pioneers improved to 3-12.
Coach Bill Herrion hopes 6-foot-10 senior center Chris Pelcher, the team's leading rebounder and scorer, returns shortly. Pelcher broke a bone in his right leg and has missed the last seven games.
"We need to get him back," Herrion said. "So much of our offense involves him. We're not scoring around the basket. We're not trying to get it inside. He opens things up for other people."
Freshman guard Daniel Dion returned to the team late last week.
He had been suspended indefinitely and missed three games, including Saturday's.
THE men's and women's skiing teams open the season with the alpine portion of the Vermont Carnival on Friday and Saturday at Stowe ... The gymnastics team opens the season on Saturday at Rutgers ... The women's hockey team, 7-10-2 overall and 2-3-2 in Hockey East, plays Providence at home on Friday night and is at Providence on Saturday night.