Yet again, Colorado College had a chance to end its winless streak thanks to a strong goaltending performance by senior Josh Thorimbert.
Instead, the Tigers fell short in the third period, falling 3-0 to visiting New Hampshire Saturday night after the Wildcats scored two insurance goals in the final minutes.
"Josh gave us a chance to win the game," Tigers coach Scott Owens said. "Tonight was more frustrating than anything because I felt we had a chance to win a 2-1 game or get a low-scoring tie."
Instead, the opening goal proved to be the game-winner against a Tigers team (1-10-2) looking for answers. Regardless, Wildcats coach Dick Umile was impressed by how the Tigers played.
"They did a good job getting the puck into the zone and pitting pressure on us," he said.
New Hampshire senior Nick Sorkin made it three goals in two games when he knocked in a power-play rebound off a shot by linemate Kevin Goumas to open the scoring in the second period.
"That line had a very good weekend," Umile said.
The Tigers drew two penalties early in the third period but could not capitalize against the 20th-ranked Wildcats (9-7-1). New Hampshire survived a flurry generated by the line of Jordan DiGiando, Christian Heil and Matt Hansen late in the third period before salting away the win.
"The effort was there but we couldn't finish," Owens said. "We need to stay together and keep working so we can be a better team in the second half (of the season)."
Goumas rang an insurance goal in off the crossbar, ripping a hard shot past Thorimbert's glove attempt with 2:34 remaining for a 2-0 lead.
Goumas added an empty-netter with 40.1 seconds remaining. "That second goal by him was a relief," Umile said. "It's very difficult to get a road sweep."
During the opening period, the Tigers outshot the Wildcats 12-9 but CC fired long shots in hopes of getting to the rebounds off UNH goalie Casey DeSmith (32 saves).
"We were looking to generate shots and hoping we would get rebounds," Owens said. "But he (DeSmith) did a good job smothering the puck."
It almost worked when freshman right wing Matt Hansen shot from just inside the left faceoff circle, sending the puck off the opposite post with 1:32 left.
Thorimbert made 32 saves, including two big ones in five seconds late in the first period to set the tone.