Opponent Previews: New Hampshire (2/3)

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Opponent: New Hampshire Wildcats

League: Hockey East

Record: 9-13-4 (4-9-3)

Notable Wins: UMass Lowell (15-12), Colgate (11-11-4)
Other Wins: RPI, UMass

Notable Losses: Army West Point (10-11-5), Merrimack (7-15-4), UConn (11-16-2)
Other Losses: BU, BC

Team Stats:                         UMass                                       UNH
Goals                                      69                                             73
Save Percentage                   .892                                         .912
Goals Against Average        3.22                                          2.73
Shots Per Game                      28                                          29.7


Team Leaders:

Goals (7): #8 D Max Gildon, #22 F Ara Nazarian, #10 F Jason Salvaggio

Assissts (17): #11 Michael McNicholas, Forward, 5’10 175 lbs

Points (22): #11 Michael McNicholas, Forward, 5’10 175 lbs

Shots (106): #10 Jason Salvaggio, 6’0 190 lbs

Goals Against Average (2.25): #31 Mike Robinson, Goalie, 6’4 195 lbs

Save Percentage (.929): #31 Mike Robinson, Goalie, 6’4 195 lbs


Prediction: UNH 2, UMass 2

The New Hampshire Wildcats will have a difficult weekend ahead of them with a Friday night road matchup against Northeastern followed by a home tilt against UMass on Saturday night. Although UMass could be on a five-game losing streak entering the game, we believe this will be an evenly matched contest. Neither team has a significant advantage in any major offensive category, and the Wildcats have been consistent in their goaltender Danny Tirone who matches up evenly against both Matt Murray and Ryan Wischow. While Cale Makar may be back in the lineup, we expect UMass to still be searching for a win in this game, and will take an extraordinary effort to earn it.

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