ORONO (NEWS CENTER) - The University of Maine men's ice hockey team fell to #10 New Hampshire 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at Alfond Arena.
New Hampshire jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at 3:23 of the first period. Austin Block received a pass from Connor Hardowa and beat Maine goalie Dan Sullivan (York, Pa.), who had initially committed to Hardowa. Trevor van Riemsdyk also assisted on the play.
The Wildcats added to their lead at 18:43 of the first period when Eric Knodel, just out of the penalty box, received a pass from Casey Thrush and skated in on a breakaway. He beat Sullivan with a shot from the top of the circle. It was the second goal of the season for Knodel.
Block scored his second goal of the game when he got a stick on the rebound of a Hardowa shot. It was his fifth goal of the season. Kevin Goumas also assisted on the play.
Greg Burke made it a 4-0 final at 9:29 of the third period. His initial shot was blocked by a Maine defender, but the puck came back to him and he beat Sullivan for his third goal of the season. John Henrion and van Riemsdyk both assisted.
New Hampshire finished the game with a 45-42 edge in shots on goal. Maine goalie Sullivan made a career-high 41 saves in the loss and falls to 0-6-0 on the season. Casey DeSmith stopped all 42 shots that he faced. He improves to 5-1-1.
Maine, who falls to 1-8-0 on the season and 0-4-0 in Hockey East play, finished scoreless in five power play chances. The Wildcats, who improve to 5-1-1 overall and 3-1-1 in conference play, were 1-for-8 on the power play.
Maine returns to action on Friday, Nov. 9 when it travels to UMass Lowell for a game with the River Hawks. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM from Tsongas Arena.