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Hockey East: Wildcats can't breach Woll, Eagles

By ALEX HALL
New Hampshire Union Leader

November 18. 2017 12:41AM
UNH's Patrick Grasso is stopped by Boston College goalie Joseph Woll during second-period action of the Wildcats' 3-2 loss to the Eagles at the Whittemore Center at UNH in Durham on Friday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

DURHAM — Ara Nazarian thought his shot was destined for the back of the net.

Instead, the puck ended up in the glove of Boston College goaltender Joseph Woll.

Woll’s highlight-reel-worthy save and two goals from junior Michael Kim propelled the Boston College men’s hockey team to a 3-2 triumph over the University of New Hampshire Friday night at the Whittemore Center.

The puck bounced off the glass out to Nazarian in the slot during a UNH power play and the junior forward shot on an out-of-position Woll. The Eagles sophomore reacted just in time to make a diving glove save that prevented the Wildcats from tying the game with about 5:35 remaining.

“I thought it was going to go in but (it was) a good save,” Nazarian said.

Eagles coach Jerry York was just as surprised as Nazarian that Woll got back in time to make the stop.

“I don’t know how he caught it,” York said. “That was an incredible save.”

The No. 11 Wildcats had two power-play opportunities, including a 25-second five-on-three advantage, in the third period but could not draw even. With the score tied at 2-2, UNH sophomore Brendan van Riemsdyk had a breakaway shot stuffed by Woll’s pad with 3:02 remaining in the second period.

UNH (6-4-1, 3-3-1 Hockey East) has scored three goals over its past three games.

UNH's Eric MacAdams celebrates his second-period goal in the Wildcats' 3-2 loss to Boston College on Friday at the Whittemore Center at UNH in Durham. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

Kim’s second goal of the game 8:21 into the third period proved to be the game-winner. The Eagles captain scored on a rebound shot to break a 2-2 deadlock. 

Wildcats freshman Eric MacAdams scored his first collegiate goal at the 7:30 mark of the second period behind a stellar individual effort to give UNH a 2-1 advantage. The forward from Salem, Mass., picked up the loose puck in the Wildcats zone following a wide Boston College shot, skated down the ice and toe-dragged around a defender before besting Woll (23 saves).

Boston College (7-5-1, 7-1-0 Hockey East) answered MacAdams’ tally 2:01 later with a power-play goal from Kim to tie the game at 2-2. 

Shortly before Kim’s tally, UNH senior goaltender Danny Tirone made his 3,000th career save. Tirone joins Kevin Regan, who played for the Wildcats from 2004-08, as the only two goalies in UNH history to reach the 3,000-save mark. Tirone finished with 26 saves in the loss.

UNH forward Chris Miller, a junior from Windham, opened the game’s scoring 4:30 into the contest when he scored on a low shot from the slot. Nazarian intercepted a pass in the Eagles zone before dropping the puck to Miller in the slot to set up the scoring chance.

Boston College sophomore David Cotton shot around a UNH skater and scored 1:49 into the second period to knot the score at 1-1. 

“We’ve been struggling scoring goals here,” UNH coach Dick Umile said. “The guys are playing hard. I’m not disappointed in the effort. I’m just disappointed in the outcome.”

ahall@unionleader.com


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