UNH's Filip Engaras, shown last season against Providence, had a goal and an assist for the Wildcats in their season opener on Friday night against Union.

DURHAM – Freshmen forwards Robert Cronin and Liam Devlin each scored a goal in their collegiate debuts, while senior forwards Eric MacAdams and Filip Engaras also each found the back of the net as the UNH men’s hockey team beat Union, 4-1, in a season opener on Friday night at the Whittemore Center.

UNH outshot the Dutchmen, who did not play last season because of the pandemic, by a 41-11 margin.

Wildcats goalie Mike Robinson, of Bedford, made 10 saves.

Engaras tallied a multi-point game with one goal and one assist, while senior forward Tyler Ward also turned in a multi-point performance with two assists.

The game was played before a crowd of 3,409 masked fans, marking the first time the Wildcats had played in front of fans in 580 days — before the pandemic.

“I want to give a huge shoutout to our student body tonight,” said UNH coach Mike Souza. “They were incredible. The energy was awesome. They were as exicted to be here, I think, as we were to play in front of them. They played a huge part of what playing at the Whitt is all about. ... It wasn’t 6,000 people here, but at times it sounded like it was.”

The teams were scheduled to play against Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.