BU coach Jack Parker said it best last night, "that was most lopsided 5-2 game ever... [UNH] looked like men playing with boys." BU scored a quick goal on their first shot of the night, but after that it was all UNH, as the Wildcats unleashed a good ol' ass-whooping. UNH pelted BU goalie Kieran Millan with 49 shots and outplayed BU in ever aspect of the game.
As a UNH student who has attended close to 50 in my life, and probably 40 of those in the last 2+ years, that might have been the loudest and best crowd I've ever been apart of. The only other game that sticks in my mind was a 4-1 win over Maine two years ago. The crowd was unrelenting last night, harassing Millan and continuously make noise. After UNH's first goal, members of the student section actually knocked in a piece of glass behind the net. The student section over flowed into the far end of the ice, something I've never seen before and it created a super loud atmosphere. The final minute of the game was a continuous standing ovation from the entire crowd as UNH beat the last unbeaten team in the country. Early in the game NESN commenters said that UNH has one of the best home crowds in the country, saying that we were loud and ready to go. Enough about the crowd though...
Paul Thompson scored two goals and assisted on another and Phil DeSimone had one goal and two assists for the top line. Nick Sorkin, a freshman with huge upside, scored the fist goal of his career and sophomore John Henrion continued his hot start with a nice goal, which gave UNH a 2-1 lead.
UNH now holds the longest unbeaten streak in the country and hopefully they will carry that momentum into tonight's game at BU and it will truly "suck to B-U." The way this team is scoring across the board and playing defense, they will be a team to watch out for late in the season.
Non hockey notes:
-UNH football kicks off their last game of the season in roughly 35 minutes. I'm heading over as soon as I finish this.
-Men's and Women's basketball both have home games today at 4 (women's) and 7 (men's). Check them out if you have a chance,
-Last night at a party I heard someone I don't know tell their friend to "Stay classy, not UMassy." One of the proudest moments of my life.
Stay classy, not UMassy.
PS: Scott Hason is the worst official in Hockey East. BU's coach called it a well refereed game, but in all honesty it wasn't. Hanson made a few bizarre calls including a few interference calls against UNH that clearly were clean plays. (One game BU a 5-on-3 and their second goal.) If I accomplish one thing by the time I get a UNH degree, I hope it is that Scott Hanson is fired. He can't make it through a game without a few head-scratching calls.