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Hockey East: Boston U. edges Clark, Wildcats

By ALEX HALL
New Hampshire Union Leader

January 12. 2018 11:21PM




DURHAM — Goalie Adam Clark’s first start since Nov. 12, 2016, resulted in a career-high 35 saves. But he needed one more for a shot at a win.

Jordan Greenway, who will play for the United States in the Winter Olympics next month, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 1:45 left in the second period, helping Boston University past the University of New Hampshire 3-2 on Friday night before 4,913 at the Whittemore Center.

UNH (9-10-2, 4-6-1 Hockey East) is 0-5-1 over its last six games heading into its bout at No. 16 Boston College Sunday at 1 p.m. The Eagles lost to Providence College 4-1 on Friday night.

The Wildcats led, 2-1, after Jason Salvaggio’s goal 1:18 into the second period but the Terriers (9-11-1, 7-7-1 Hockey East) answered with two of their own later in the frame. Ty Amonte scored on a one-timer from the slot following a behind-the-net pass from Hank Crone 6:55 into the second period to tie the game at 2-2. Greenway’s tally was a wraparound.

The Wildcats mustered 11 shots on goal, including a promising one-timer from Michael McNicholas, in the third period but could not draw even. UNH pulled Clark for the extra skater with 58 seconds remaining.

“We had a couple chances there on the power play and for that matter with the goalie out but credit to (BU goaltender Jake Oettinger),” Wildcats coach Dick Umile said. “We’re in a tough spot here and we’ve got to keep battling.”

BU took a 1-0 lead in the first period on an own goal by UNH. Defenseman Richie Boyd was trying to get the puck out of the crease and throw it onto the boards but instead it went into the back of the net. The goal was credited to BU freshman Shane Bowers.

“Obviously it stinks but what can you do about it?” said UNH forward Eric MacAdams, who logged a goal and an assist in the game. “He tried to get out of our crease and he got good wood on it. He just got the wrong part obviously and that’s what it comes down to these days.”

UNH tied the game at 1-1 with 5:12 remaining in the opening frame when MacAdams scooped up a loose puck in front and put it past Jake Oettinger (26 saves). MacAdams’ goal came after he dumped the puck into the Terriers zone. The puck bounced off the boards and out in front of the BU goal.

MacAdams also assisted on Salvaggio’s goal during a two-on-one situation.

The Terriers outshot UNH, 27-18, over the first two periods and 38-28 overall.

The outing by Clark marked the first time Danny Tirone did not play goal for UNH.

“Believe me, it’s disappointing losing and we’re in a tough spot but we have to answer how hard we play,” Umile said. “You can’t win when you get in a hole like this without playing hard and (the players) played hard and they gave themselves an opportunity but hopefully we’ll get some bounces.”

ahall@unionleader.com


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