Hockey roundup: UNH edges Merrimack

In addition to BC's 6-0 dismantling of Vermont on Sunday at Conte Forum, here's a look at the rest of the local Hockey East and ECAC Hockey action this weekend:

New Hampshire 2, Merrimack 1

Reigning Hockey East co-player of the week Paul Thompson continued his fine form, adding a flare for the dramatic with his third-period, winning strike to lift the No. 6 Wildcats (7-2-4) over the Warriors (5-3-4) at Durham, N.H. The Wildcats, who had outgunned Brown 41-27 in a 5-5 stalemate on Tuesday, weathered a turnabout on Saturday, when the Warriors blistered UNH for a 42-27 shot advantage. However, junior Matt DiGirolamo racked up 41 saves, outdueling Merrimack’s Joe Cannata (25 saves).

After two scoreless periods, Chris Barton gave Merrimack a 1-0 lead with a power-play strike. Three minutes later, UNH tied the game on a Damon Kipp tally, with Thompson collecting the first assist. At the 11:53, Thompson potted his seventh goal of the season for the win.

Boston University 4, Brown 4

After last weekend’s split with New Hampshire, BU coach Jack Parker refused to take Saturday’s game against Brown lightly. For good reason. The Bears (3-2-3) fought the No. 2 Terriers (7-1-5) tooth and nail and clawed their way to a point at Agganis Arena despite being outshot by a 42-23 margin.

Less than three minutes into the final stanza, Brown’s David Brownschidle gave the Bears a 4-3 lead and a glimpse at an upset. BU’s Wade Megan had other ideas, however, and tied the game with an even-strength score at the 12:51 mark. It was the last puck to get past either BU’s Kieran Millan (19 saves) or Brown’s Mike Clemente (38 saves).

Massachusetts 5, Quinnipiac 2

The Minutemen (2-6-3), after struggling through a season-opening nine-game winless streak, have won two straight after tagging the Bobcats (7-6-1) with a loss Saturday at the Mullins Center. The win came on the heels of the Minutemen’s 4-1 victory over Vermont on Tuesday.

UMass raced to a 4-0 lead against Quinnipiac, including two strikes by Adam Phillips, before the Bobcats' Connor Jones finally got a puck past senior captain Paul Dainton at the 10:31 mark of the second period. However, the Minutemen came right 2½ minutes later on a Conor Allen strike to put the game out of reach. Quinnipiac’s Scott Zurevinski cut the lead to 5-1 early in the third, but six Bobcat penalties in the final period short-circuited any comeback bid. Dainton finished with 25 saves, while Eric Hartzell and Dan Clarke combine for 20 saves for Quinnipiac.

Minnesota State 3, UMass-Lowell 2

The River Hawks (2-10-2) couldn’t protect their house this weekend, losing two to the visiting Mavericks (4-6-4). After getting thumped 8-3 on Friday, UMass-Lowell put up a gallant fight on Saturday, led by Riley Wetmore’s two goals.

Wetmore tied the game 2-2 with his second strike, a shorthanded tally at 2:48 of the third period. But Minnesota State's Chase Grant made it 3-2 three minutes later, and goaltender Phil Cook (26 saves) made it stand. Doug Carr finished with 33 saves for the River Hawks.

Providence 2, Holy Cross 1

The Friars (6-5-3) grabbed a nonleague win at the expense of the Crusaders (6-6-1) in Worcester when Ben Farrar tallied his third of the season at the 10:27 mark of the third period.

Kyle MacKinnon finished with two points, scoring PC’s opening goal and assisting on Farrar’s tally. PC goaltender Alex Beaudry continued his fine play, surrendering a single goal on 26 shots. Derek Kump of Holy Cross finished with 38 saves.

Dartmouth 5, Harvard 2

The Crimson (2-6-0) dropped both ends of a weekend home-and-home series with the Big Green (6-3-1). After Dartmouth shredded the Crimson 8-2 at Bright Arena on Friday, Harvard made the trek to New Hampshire, only to lose the rematch.

Dartmouth quickly put Saturday’s game out of reach with a 4-0 first-period blitz, getting goals from four players. Harvard’s Matt McCollem and Dan Ford got second- and third-period tallies, but the Crimson limped home with a five-game losing streak.