AMHERST, Mass. — A night after nearly stealing Game 1 of a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series at No. 2 Massachusetts, the Wildcats went out with a whimper.
Brett Boeing scored two goals and Filip Lindberg posted a shutout for the Minutemen in a 6-0 win over New Hampshire Saturday at the Mullins Center.
Top-seeded UMass (28-8-0) won the series 2-0 and advanced to the conference semifinals at TD Garden.
New Hampshire, the No. 8 seed, closed its season at 12-15-9 overall. On Friday night, the Wildcats nearly put the home team on the brink when they took a 3-0 in the second period. UMass rallied to force overtime and eventually won in the second extra session, 5-4.
This time, it was UMass that started strong, scoring four times in the first period. The fourth goal forced the Wildcats to pull sophomore goaltender Mike Robinson and replace him with freshman Ty Taylor. Robinson made five saves and allowed four goals during the first 14:37, while Taylor allowed two goals and posted 14 saves. Philip Linberg tallied 18 saves to earn the shutout.
UMass outshot UNH by a 25-18 margin in the game.