DURHAM, N.H.– When a member from a team makes it into the century club over his four years of college, it’s a big thing. When two teammates have the opportunity to achieve it, it’s something special.
But when three teammates manage to obtain the prestigious accomplishment, and they all happen to play on the same line, well that’s just exciting
For the UNH Wildcats, two of the three forwards on the first line have reached that milestone in the last couple of games. First was team captain Mike Sislo, who scored his 100th point against Providence last Friday. Then in tonight’s matchup against arch-rival Maine, Paul Thompson netted the first goal of the game to give him his ticket into the club. And finally, the third of the motley crew, center Phil DeSimone chalked up three assists in tonight’s game to put him at 98 points.
“It’s a lot of fun seeing that,” Sislo said. “I think they both assisted when I got it, and we both assisted when Paul got it and hopefully tomorrow me and Paul will both assist when [DeSimone] gets it. So it’s a lot of fun and I was really happy for him.”
Naturally with all three of the forwards putting up numbers like that, it makes other teams cringe when trying to find coverage for them. Every scoring category in Hockey East belongs to a member of that first line for UNH, except for shorthanded points and freshmen scoring. Thompson himself is first in five of those categories.
With 50 career goals under his belt and a new milestone reached, Thompson was more concerned with obtaining the two points from the game than with his own personal goals.
“You have to give a lot of credit to the guys who I was playing with,” Thompson said. “It was a great play, the first goal that we scored, they worked really hard and got the puck out and I just finished it. The most important thing is that we got the two points and that we can contribute that to the only thing that matters right now is the two points that we came up with.”
The line contributed eight total points in the Wildcats 6-3 win over Maine, including Thompson’s two goals and a combined six assists from Sislo and DeSimone. With tonight’s two goals, Thompson now has five goals and two assists in his last three games and 16 points in his last eight games.
The Wildcats will faceoff against Maine again tomorrow night to try and take the season series sweep at home. But they will have to deal with junior sniper Gustav Nyquist, who scored all three of Maine’s goals against the Wildcats tonight–all three on the power play as well as a determined and hungry Maine team.
“It’s always exciting when we play Maine and we have a great respect for the program, there’s no doubt about it,” UNH head coach Dick Umile said. “We have had great matchups. So we won this one tonight, and we get right back at it tomorrow.”