Nine of New Hampshire’s first 12 games have been decided by one goal or fewer, but the Wildcats finally broke through on the right side of a close one on Saturday night.
First-year head coach Mike Souza’s club returned to the win column for the first time since Oct. 27 against Vermont with a 4-1 decision over Miami at Whittemore Center. Prior to beating the RedHawks, UNH alternated losses and ties for six games; the non-conference opponents skated to a 3-3 draw in this past weekend’s series opener.
UNH scored four unanswered goals en route to its second win of the season. Sophomore Patrick Grasso’s first goal of the season with 8:55 remaining turned out to decide the game and came after junior Liam Blackburn’s second goal of the series.
“We had incredible effort from a lot of players,” Souza said after Saturday’s game. “They have a really good hockey club, but when we skate we can be effective, too. … At the end of the day, it’s just one win but I think it’s a nice step towards building off having a good week of practice.”