New Hampshire’s men’s hockey team opened last season with four losses and a tie en route to a 15-19-3 finish, its first losing campaign since the 1995-96 season.
So the Wildcats knew what they had to do when they opened this season with two games in Durham against St. Cloud State.
Consider it mission accomplished.
John Henrion and Nick Sorkin each had a goal and an assist and Casey DeSmith made 25 saves as UNH beat the Huskies, 4-2, Saturday night to finish the weekend sweep.
St. Cloud State matched goals by Henrion and Sorkin and the teams were tied at 2 when UNH went on the power play at 18:43 of the second period. It took only eight seconds for the Wildcats to take the lead for good.
Henrion’s shot from the left circle was stopped by Ryan Faragher (25 saves) but the rebound went right to Austin Block at the top of the crease and he put a shot just under the crossbar for a 3-2 edge.
Trevor van Riemsdyk made 4-2 when he got his second goal of the weekend at 5:22 of the final period.
Maine 4, Army 3 — The Black Bears scored three straight goals after spotting the Black Knights a 2-0 lead in the third-place game of the IceBreaker Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., and Joey Diamond knocked in the winner midway through the third period.
Matt Morris made 21 stops for 20th-ranked Maine (1-2-0).
Penn St. 4, AIC 3 — Nathan Sliwinski and Adam Plekach scored unassisted goals in the third period to help the Yellow Jackets (1-1-0) force overtime but David Glen scored 38 seconds into the extra session to give the host Nittany Lions (1-1-0) a win in the program’s second game.
Quinnipiac 4, Robert Morris 0 — Eric Hartzell made 16 saves for the shutout and Clay Harvey had a pair of assists for the No. 18 Bobcats (2-0-0) in Hamden, Conn. Four Quinnipiac players had goals to spoil the Colonials’ opener.