UNH Wildcat Hockey comes up short on Senior Night

Saturday evening in Durham was filled with all kinds of emotion. Not only was it Senior night for the Wildcats it was also a must win game for UNH to bring home the 2011 Hockey East regular season title.

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Prior to the game UNH Wildcats seniors and their parents were honored.

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UNH Senior Paul DeSimone (#39) faces off with Boston College Eagle Cam Atkinson (#13). Atkinson continued his hot street scoring a goal and adding an assist.

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UNH Sophomore Dalton Speelman (#10) broke the game open in the first period scoring the Wildcats first goal of the night.

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UNH Senior Paul Thompson (#17) gets tied up with BC Eagles Tommy Cross (#4). Both players were contributors to their teams. Thompson adding an assist and Cross scoring a goal and had an assist.

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UNH Center Mike Borisenok (#14)  checks Boston College’s Pat Mullane (#11) into the boards. Mullane had a good night for the Eagles scoring a goal and adding an assist.

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UNH Defenseman Blake Kessel (#20) was a bright spot for the Wildcats adding 2 assists on the night

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UNH Senior Paul DeSimone (#39) sends the puck sailing. DeSimone scored in the third period then tying the game.

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The expression of UNH coach Dick Umile’s face says it all. While the Wildcats certainly played much better than the night before they just could get in a full grove.

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UNH Junior Stevie Moses (#22) tries to get an edge in positioning over BC goalie John Muse (#1)

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Boston College goalie John Muse (#1) collected 27 saves on the night

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UNH’s Dalton Speelman (#10) attempts to get his second goal on the night.

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UNH Senior Captain Mike Sislo (#19) scored the Wildcats second goal of the night and added an assist.

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UNH Sophomore Brett Kostolansky (#15) sails the puck just past the offical. Kostolansky had an assist on the night

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A back and forth game all night. The score was 2-2 heading into the final period of play.

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UNH Senior Paul Thompson (#17), who is having an outstanding season, shows a bit of frustration as the Eagles certainly played up to the #2 in the nation ranking.

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Boston College goalie John Muse (#1) anticipates the puck but certainly had no lack of expression.

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The Wildcats had a couple opportunities in the few remaining seconds of the game but just couldn’t covert. Boston College held on to win the game 4-3.

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Congratulations go out to the second ranked team in the nation, Boston College Eagles, for capturing the 2011 Hockey East regular season championship.

Hockey East postseason play begins on Friday, March 11th for UNH as they host the University of Vermont in a best of three game series.

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