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UConn Sweeps Away UNH with a 3-2 Win

Jan. 27, 2018

Final Stats

HARTFORD, Conn. – UConn freshman Adam Karashik (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored a pair of goals including the game-winner to lead the Huskies to a Hockey East sweep of New Hampshire thanks to a 3-2 win Saturday afternoon at the XL Center.  The win is the third-straight for the Huskies as they take all four points in the series and improve to 11-16-2 overall and 8-11-1 in conference.

UConn senior goaltender Tanner Creel (Arlington Heights, Ill.) stopped a season-high 31 shots to record his third win on the season.  The UConn special teams had another good night, scoring a second period power play goal while killing off all seven UNH power plays.  The Huskies have now killed off 19-straight power plays.

Karashik gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the first before UNH’s Marcus Vela tied the score with 17 seconds left in the period.  The Huskies got a five-minute power play chance at the start of the second and sophomore Wyatt Newpower (Hugo, Minn.) buried his second goal of the season for a 2-1 lead heading to the third.

The Wildcats, who are remain winless in their last 11 games (0-8-3), tied the game in the opening minutes of the third as Charlie Kelleher converted on a two-on-one chance making it 2-2. Karashik provided the game-winner at 10:42, bouncing a slap shot past goaltender Mike Robinson. 


 

 

The Huskies held a 36-33 edge on shots.   

1st:
A penalty filled first period ended with both teams coming up empty on the power play but each putting a goal on the board at full strength. The Huskies took a 1-0 lead midway through the first, as Karashik picked-up a feed from Spencer Naas (Minnetonka, Minn.) just outside the right circle and beat Robinson with a wrist shot at 11:42, his third on the season.

UNH pulled the game even with just 17 seconds left in the period.  Ara Nazarian held the puck behind the net and looked to feed the slot, where Dylan Chanter deflected the puck to Vela who snapped a shot top-shelf past Creel stick side, his fifth of the season.  The Wildcats gave the Huskies a five-minute power play just before the end of the period as Eric MacAdams was assessed a major for cross-checking with two seconds on the clock.
 

2nd:
The Huskies were able to take advantage on the five-minute power play to take a 2-1 lead at 2:35 of the second.  Junior Miles Gendron (Shrewsbury, Mass.) shuttled the puck to sophomore Benjamin Freeman (Freehold, Maine) on the left wing and he unloaded a slap shot that was blocked in front.  The puck found Newpower on the right dot and he buried it on an empty net for his second on the season. 

3rd:
The Wildcats struck for the tying goal just 3:24 into the third.  Nazarian chipped a puck up to Kelleher and created a two-on-one chance for UNH.  Kelleher dished to Dylan Chanter who fired on Creel.  The senior made the stop but Kelleher cleaned up the rebound for his fourth on the season, making it 2-2.

The Huskies found the game-winning goal at 10:42, again off the stick of Karashik.  Senior Jesse Schwartz (Toronto, Ontario) chipped the puck back to the rookie defenseman along the boards.  He settled just inside the blue line and slapped one on net that bounced and fooled Robinson for the go ahead tally.

UConn killed off three UNH power plays in the third period and kept UNH off the scoreboard over the final 1:36 with their net empty for the extra skater.  

Notes:
UConn has won six-straight over New Hampshire and is 6-4-0 against the Wildcats since joining Hockey East in 2014-15.

Karashik recorded the first multi-goal and multi-point game of his career with his two-goal night.  It was also his first career game-winner.  Newpower picked-up his first goal since scoring in a 6-3 win at AIC back on October 13.  Naas picked-up an assist to give the senior a point in each of the last three games. 

Creel is 3-1-0 in the last four games since taking on the starting role for an injured Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia).  He has 2.01 goals against average and a .931 save percentage during that stretch.

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