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Hockey East: Wildcats complete sweep

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 08. 2017 2:48AM
University of New Hampshire's Frankie Cefalu, right, tries to control the puck as UMASS/Lowell's Anthony Baxter moves in during the first period of their game Saturday night in Durham. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

DURHAM - Sophomore Anthony Wyse has scored two goals in his young career with the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team.

Both have been game-winners.

Wyse's second game-winner came Saturday night in the Wildcats' 3-1 home-opening victory over UMass Lowell at the Whittemore Center.

The win marked UNH's first 2-0 start since the 2012-13 season.

UNH (2-0, 2-0 Hockey East) defeated the defending Hockey East champion River Hawks, 4-3, Friday night at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass.

Wyse scored a power-play goal on a one-timer from the right point 9:22 into the middle stanza to break a 1-1 deadlock. He received a point-to-point pass from Cam Marks before going top shelf on UMass Lowell goaltender Tyler Wall (21 saves).

Wyse's first career goal proved to be the difference in UNH's 4-2 triumph at the University of Vermont on Feb. 10 last season.

Fellow UNH sophomore Liam Blackburn registered his first two goals of the season in Saturday's triumph.

Blackburn's scored his first goal from the doorstep 1:32 into the second frame, and knotted the game at 1-1. He put home a rebound goal off an Ara Nazarian shot during four-on-four play 6:09 into the third period to log his second tally and give UNH a 3-1 advantage.

UMass Lowell (0-2, 0-2 Hockey East) pulled Wall in favor of an extra skater with 3:06 remaining but could not solve UNH goaltender Danny Tirone (32 saves). Wall re-entered the game with 17 seconds left after River Hawks sophomore Kenny Hausinger was called for a penalty.

The Wildcats logged two power-play goals and another two tallies during four-on-four play over their two triumphs.

The River Hawks bested Tirone on one of their 13 first-period shots on goal to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Hausinger went top shelf on Tirone with 5:52 remaining in the first period to open the scoring. Ryan Lohin won a faceoff against UNH's Marcus Vela in the left circle and dished the puck to Hausinger to set up the latter's tally.

The River Hawks outshot UNH 33-24. The Wildcats went 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

University of New Hampshire's Jason Salvaggio keeps the puck from UMASS/Lowell's Tommy Panico during the first period of their game Saturday night in Durham. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

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