College Hockey: Freshman Gildon gets hat trick in UNH's winBy ALEX HALL
New Hampshire Union Leader
October 21. 2017 1:41AM
DURHAM — No defenseman scored more than three goals for the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team last season.
Freshman defenseman Max Gildon had three goals before the second intermission on UNH’s way to a 6-3 triumph over Colorado College Friday night at the Whittemore Center.
The victory moved UNH to 5-0-0, marking the program’s best start since it won its first five games of the 1993-94 season.
UNH, ranked 17th nationally, hosts the Tigers (3-2-0) again tonight at 7.
Gildon, who leads the Wildcats in goals (five) and points (six), wasted little time getting on the score sheet. Gildon, a third-round pick of the Florida Panthers in the June NHL draft, scored a power-play goal at the 1:58 mark to give UNH a 1-0 lead entering the first intermission. The Plano, Texas, resident launched a wrister from the high slot past Tigers goaltender Alex Leclerc (22 saves) off a feed from Michael McNicholas.
Gildon completed his hat trick with another power-play goal and an even-strength tally over the final six minutes of the second period to help build a 4-2 Wildcats lead entering the third frame.
Gildon’s second power-play goal, which came with 5:52 left in the middle stanza, gave UNH a 3-1 lead. He scored his third goal of the game 1 minute, 5 seconds later to make it 4-1 UNH.
“It felt pretty good,” Gildon said of the hat trick. “(I had) great help from my teammates and everything setting me up but it felt good.”
“He’s a really good player. I think everyone knows that,” UNH sophomore forward Brendan van Riemsdyk said of Gildon. “He can defend, move the puck and his shot is elite.”
A breakaway goal from van Riemsdyk 6:55 into the second period gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. Liam Blackburn scored from in front off a feed from van Riemsdyk 2:15 into the third period to build a 5-2 UNH advantage.
UNH forward Chris Miller, a junior from Windham, capped the game’s scoring with an empty-net goal with 1.4 seconds remaining.
Troy Conzo and Mason Bergh scored in the second period for CC, and Andrew Farny’s power-play goal came with 2:59 remaining.
Colorado College outshot the Wildcats 48-28 overall. Seventeen of the Tigers shots’ came in the second period. Wildcats senior goaltender Danny Tirone (45 saves) had not faced more than 11 shots in a period entering Friday’s contest.
“We would not have won the game without him,” UNH coach Dick Umile said of Tirone.
UNH went 2-for-4 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill. UNH killed off three of the four penalties it took in the third period.
“We’re just kind of looking to ride this wave as long as possible,” Gildon said.
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UNH sophomore defenseman Anthony Wyse, who left the game in the second period and did not return, will undergo the concussion protocol, Umile said. Umile also said Wildcats senior forward Shane Eiserman reinjured his knee during the contest.