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No. 20-ranked New Hampshire completes weekend sweep of Tigers

By: CC Media Relations
By: CC Media Relations

Junior goalie Casey DeSmith turned away all 32 shots he faced on Saturday, backstopping the University of New Hampshire to a 3-0 victory over Colorado College in the finale of their two-game non-conference series at the World Arena.

Senior forwards Nick Sorkin and Kevin Goumas recorded three points apiece as the No. 20-ranked Wildcats, who won Friday's opener by a 6-2 count, completed the weekend sweep despite a stellar 32-save performance by CC netminder Josh Thorimbert.

Sorkin, who assisted on a pair of late goals by linemate Goumas that clinched the triumph, snapped a scoreless tie at 12:28 of the second period with what proved to be the game winner.

"It's a 1-0 game with two minutes to go, and we're working hard," said Tigers head coach Scott Owens. "I thought we had a pretty good team game tonight. We just didn't have any production. Josh obviously gave us a chance to tie or win the game."

With the loss, Colorado College dropped to 1-10-2 overall for the season.

While the Tigers out-shot UNH by a 13-9 margin in the opening period, it was Thorimbert who came up with the two biggest saves just five seconds apart late in the frame.

He robbed Matt Willows point-blank from a scramble in front with 3:45 remaining, then made a highlight-reel glove save on Dalton Speelman from the slot right after the ensuing faceoff.

CC's best chance came with 1:32 left when freshman Matt Hansen let fly with a quick wrist shot from between the circles that rang off the right-side goalpost behind DeSmith.

Thorimbert remained sharp during New Hampshire's first power play of the second period, then made another beautiful glove save on Casey Thrush moments after the Tigers returned to full strength.

The Wildcats finally cracked his armor at 12:28, during another power play, when Sorkin pounced on a rebound and slammed it home from the right faceoff circle after Thorimbert made a save on Goumas.

Colorado College, which was last shut out at home on Jan. 29, 2011, by the University of North Dakota, was awarded a couple power plays of its own early in the third period but never really tested DeSmith.

"It's a similar situation," Owens said, citing a number of previous games this season. "We've had a couple power-play chances late in the game or in the third period, but their aggressive kill gave us fits and we weren't able to get it set up."

The score remained 1-0 until Goumas notched the first of his two tallies at 17:26 of the final stanza. He scored again into an empty net with 41 ticks left on the clock and Thorimbert on the bench in favor of a sixth attacker.

CC returns to National Collegiate Hockey Conference play next week when league-leading University of Nebraska Omaha visits the World Arena for a pair of games.


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