When you think college hockey rivalries UNH/Maine is always at the top of the list. No matter the season records when these two teams meet they bring everything they have to the ice. This was definitely the case on Friday evening as UNH hosted the first of two back to back games at the Whittemore Center in Durham, New Hampshire.
White out the Whit was in full effect as over 6500 fans including the always vocal student section was ready for a full night of action against the Maine squad.
Phil DeSimone (#39) and Tanner House(#29) ready for the start of another heated rivalry game
Paul Thompson started the night off with the first score of the game which also marked his 100th career point as a Wildcat. Thompson is only the third Granite State born player to reach this mark for UNH.
Maine Senior Josh Van Dyk (#5) shows his vertical leap as he swats away the puck.
Sophomore Austin Block (#3) jockies with Robby Dee. Block scored UNH’s second goal of the game in the first period.
Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (#51) gets comfortable even with the UNH student section behind him. Ouellette had 19 saves but let in 6 UNH goals.
Paul Thompson (left), Blacke Kessel (center) and Mike Sislo (right) celebrate one of six UNH goals on the night
Senior Phil DeSimone (#39) had a big game with three assists on the night.
Senior Mike Beck (#25) drives Maine’s Robby Dee (#7) into the boards.
Maine Junior Gustav Nyquist (#89) and Senior Captian Tanner House (#29) each contributed, Nyquist with all three of Maine’s goals and House with an assist.
Nick Sorkin (#21) fights for the air borne puck
Sophomore Dalton Speelman (#10) scored a power play goal in the first period for UNH.
Junior Mike Borisenok (#14) and Maine’s Robby Dee (#7) look on as both teams play a hard fought second period.
Senior Paul Thompson (#17) reacts after putting in his second goal of the night.
Junior Matt DiGirolamo (#30) had a busy night making 37 saves
Thompson is having an incredible season and leads Hockey East in goals and points per game.
Junior Will O’Neill (#27) had two assists for Maine
Brett Kostolansky (#15) and Blake Kessel (#20) block out Matt Mangene (#57)
UNH Coach Dick Umile presents Senior Captain Mike Sislo a plaque commemorating Sislo’s 100th career point during the first intermission
UNH defeated Maine Friday evening 6-3 and then completed the sweep on Saturday evening beating Maine 5-4. The Wildcats next game is at home on Friday, February 11th against Merrimack.