Oct. 12—THE UNH males’s hockey group had its toughness examined and were given contributions from a number of of its 12 new players right away to start out the season.
The Wildcats swept their talk over with to New York’s North Country with a 4-3 additional time comeback win at then-No. 17 Clarkson University and a 4-1 triumph at St. Lawrence University closing weekend.
UNH will host Boston College (0-1-0) in each its Hockey East and residential opener on Saturday at 7 p.m. on the Whittemore Center. It may also be the Wildcats’ first recreation on its new 200-by-90 ft ice sheet.
UNH trailed Clarkson, 2-0, after two classes and 3-1 after the hole 5 mins of the 1/3.
Chase Stevenson, as a part of what trainer Mike Souza considers the senior captain’s very best profession weekend, scored the game-tying target 7:13 into the 1/3. Sophomore ahead Liam Devlin adopted up with the game-winning power-play target 4:03 into the additional body.
“Especially with a young group, those are games that are never easy to win no matter what,” Wildcats senior ahead and trade captain Harrison Blaisdell mentioned. “When you can do it in your first game of the season with a bunch of fresh faces, it kind of just sets a standard for the rest of the season where when you do get down a few goals, the game is never over … Just kind of proving that to ourselves was as big as anything going forward.”
The Wildcats had 4 players notch their first issues for this system closing weekend.
Cy LeClerc, a freshman ahead from Brentwood, had a target and an help towards Clarkson. Ryan Black, a fifth-year switch from Division III Babson College, tallied 3 assists closing weekend.
Freshmen Morgan Winters, a ahead, and Damien Carfagna, a defenseman, each scored their first collegiate targets towards St. Lawrence.
UNH freshman goaltender Tyler Muszelik made 31 saves towards the Saints in his debut, one night time after senior David Fessenden earned a 28-save win over Clarkson.
Carfagna was once named the Hockey East defender of the week and Muszelik was once selected because the Hockey East rookie of the week.
Blaisdell mentioned it was once a pleasing wonder to have newbies give a contribution on opening weekend.
“It’s not easy transitioning from juniors,” Blaisdell mentioned. “It’s a tough transition but these guys are skilled and they bring a lot to the table for us. If we’re going to win a lot of games this year, we’re going to need those contributions from them.”
Souza was once particularly inspired with Black, who captained Babson closing 12 months because the Beavers reached the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. The Pomfret, Conn., resident was once the New England Hockey Conference participant of the 12 months closing season, main the league in targets (19) and issues (39).
“You bring in a guy who’s not only a fifth-year player but he’s a leader,” Souza mentioned of Black. “Instantly he brings an element to your team that a freshman cannot bring. We’ve certainly welcomed having him here and he’s been a great addition.”
Blaisdell mentioned opening with two four-goal outings was once a aid for he and his fellow returning forwards coming off closing season, when UNH scored the third-fewest targets (76) within the 11-team Hockey East.
“We really had to fight hard for our wins last year,” Blaisdell mentioned. “There were a lot of games where it was 2-1 or 1-0 one way or the other. Obviously, those games can be tough mentally, especially when guys are expected to score and deliver and it’s just not happening. Getting those four, five goals right off the bat and getting everyone involved is just a big weight off your shoulder.
“It simply is helping you in point of fact create extra offense since you’re no longer squeezing your sticks as a lot and you already know that the group’s able to doing it.”
Souza said he feels Boston College, like it does most seasons, has tons of skill and speed on its roster with players like junior forwards Nikita Nesterenko and Colby Ambrosio and senior defenseman Marshall Warren.
Nesterenko and Warren are both Minnesota Wild draft picks. The Colorado Avalanche selected Ambrosio in the fourth round of the 2020 NHL Draft.
And, of course, Boston College has a new coach: former star Greg Brown, who is replacing the legendary Jerry York.
The Eagles, who lost, 4-0, to Quinnipiac last Friday, eliminated UNH in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs last season. BC tied with UMass Lowell for fifth place in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll.
Wildcats freshman forward Kristaps Skarastins will likely miss Saturday’s game with an upper-body injury, Souza said. Skarastins did not play last weekend.
“You title the fellow, they have got were given some guys who can beat you one on one,” Souza said of the Eagles. “We’re simply going to must ensure that we organize the puck. We do not wish to get right into a monitor meet with Boston College.”
There shall be a reception for the Ciocco circle of relatives honoring former UNH males’s hockey captain Josh Ciocco at Salvatore’s Italian Restaurant in Lawrence, Mass., subsequent Tuesday from 3-6 p.m.
UNH will play at Merrimack College that night time and there shall be a tribute to Ciocco prior to the sport for his contributions to each faculties, techniques and campuses.
Ciocco, who died previous this month at age 38, performed at UNH from 2003-07 and spent the previous 4 seasons as an assistant males’s hockey trainer at Merrimack.