After having its six-game unbeaten streak snapped last Saturday, the UNH hockey team got right back on the horse on Friday night.
Sparked by a 29-save performance by goalie Mike Robinson and Patrick Grasso’s first-period goal, the Wildcats blanked Vermont 1-0 before 3,429 fans at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt.
The victory enabled UNH to jump into a tie for fifth place in Hockey East. UNH (11-9-8 overall, 7-6-5 in the league) has 19 points, the same as Northeastern.
UNH and Vermont (11-14-2, 4-11-2) tangle again tonight in Burlington.
The shutout was the fourth of the season, and career, for Robinson, a sophomore from Bedford. Robinson’s highlight of the night came with 6:15 remaining when he stopped Max Kaufman on a penalty shot.
UVM goalie Stefanos Lekkas, who was brilliant last weekend when the Catamounts took three of a possible four points at Providence, finished with 26 saves.
Grasso, a redshirt sophomore, scored his seventh goal of the season at 4:07 of the first period, with assists from Marcus Vela and Brendan van Riemsdyk.
Dartmouth 3, RPI 3, OT: At Thompson Arena in Hanover, the Big Green earned a point in the ECAC standings thanks to Drew O’Connor’s goal with 1:04 remaining in regulation. O’Connor hit the post as time expired in overtime.
Dartmouth is 7-6-2 in the conference (sixth place, 16 points), 8-11-3 overall. RPI is 5-9-2 and 8-17-3.
Each team scored a goal in each period. Jeff Losurdo and Collin Rutherford also scored for Dartmouth. Big Green goalie Adrian Clark made 24 saves, to 38 for RPI’s Owen Savory.
Dartmouth hosts No. 20 Union tonight (7 p.m.).