The Omaha hockey team returned from nearly a month-long break with a 6-3 loss at New Hampshire on Friday night at the Whittemore Center. Josh Archibald had two goals in the loss.
The Mavericks opened the scoring just 3:34 into the game. Ian Brady’s shot from the right faceoff circle ricocheted off Jake Guentzel and the puck bounced directly to Archibald who fired it past UNH goalie Casey DeSmith for his NCHC-leading 12th goal of the year.
UNH tied the game on the power play. Six-foot-six defenseman Eric Knodel powered a slap shot past Ryan Massa with traffic in front of the UNO net at 9:20.
The power play again worked to the Wildcats’ advantage in the last minute of the period. Again, Knodel got free for a slap shot that found the net just inside the right post at 19:28.
The Mavericks tied the game early in the second period. Ryan Walters set Austin Ortega free with a pass down the right wing. Ortega raced around the UNH defense and roofed a wrist shot over the shoulder of DeSmith for his fourth goal of the year.
The game turned drastically for UNO in the second half of the period. Matt Willows converted a pass from Kevin Goumas at 12:18; Dan Correale fired home a pass from Justin Agosta at 15:56; and Casey Thrush threw in a feed from Trevor van Riemsdyk at17:54 to give UNH a 5-2 lead.
The final goal of the string spelled the end of the night for Massa who left with 20 saves and five goals against. He was replaced by Kirk Thompson.
Then with 1:51 to go in the period, UNO defenseman Nick Seeler was given a five-minute major for contact to the head and a game misconduct, leaving the Mavericks with just five defensemen for the remainder of the game.
UNO killed the major to Seeler early in the third and got a lift from Archibald who blocked a shot in the Mavericks’ end and raced the other way. He held off a UNH defender and slipped a backhander through the pads of DeSmith to close the gap to 5-3.
But Goumas scored into an empty net with 1:42 to go to ice the game.
New Hampshire finished 2-for-6 on the power play while the Mavs had just two man advantages. UNH also had a 35-24 shot advantage.
Seeler set a team season high with 19 penalty minutes in the game.