Moses Comes to Life
UNH Senior Breaks Out of Scoring Slump
by Joshua Seguin/CHN Reporter
DURHAM, N.H. At the onset of the season, Stevie Moses was tabbed by many as one of the top forwards in college hockey. The hype was there, but in the early going, the results did not prove the hype correct.
In the first four games, Moses had a lone goal and a lone assist. As the New Hampshire offense picked up so did Moses, but not at the pace that many expected coming into the season. With only the one goal in the first six games, many wondered if Moses would continue to struggle throughout the season. But Moses had other plans.
In his last six games, Moses has scored nine goals and assisted on four more. With linemates Kevin Goumas and Nick Sorkin, Moses has been set to fly around defenses, in which he often does.
On a night where New Hampshire totally overpowered a reeling Alabama-Huntsville, it was Stevie Moses and his abilities that stood out to the crowd. Every time Moses touched the puck on this night it had a chance to go in the net. He scored four goals and had chances on many others. This must have been a relief to a guy that had scored only six goals in the team’s first 13 games, when he was expected to contribute more.
“It was nice to see the puck go in for me,” Moses said. “I wasn’t playing horrible but it was nice to get a quick four like that when my team really needed the win.”
A win is exactly what New Hampshire needed after a 7-6 loss on Tuesday to Harvard, in which they took a 4-0 lead early in the game. Scoring goals is something that New Hampshire has been doing with ease lately to the tune of 50 goals in their last 11 games. And it is Moses who has been leading the charge in those games.
Moses may not be the biggest guy on the ice, but he is one of the speediest. His speed and puck-handling ability is next to none and these two things are his biggest advantage, along with his linemates.
“Our line plays well together,” said Moses. ”Everything has been going well for us and it was only a matter of time before we broke out like that.”
And broke out his line did. Along with Moses’ four goals, Sorkin and Goumas combined for nine assists. Not bad for a line that has been thrown together in the last few weeks because of an injury to Dalton Speelman, who was originally with Moses and Sorkin.
“It was nice to see the puck go in for Stevie tonight as he works hard every night,” said UNH coach Dick Umile. “His line, all three of them, had a great night.”
Even though UNH has used its depth to win hockey games in the early going, the top line has been contributing to the offense greatly. Sorkin, Moses and Goumas are leading the way offensively for a New Hampshire team that struggled to find an identity in the early going. Combined the three have 49 points on the season and all three are in the top ten for scoring in Hockey East.
With UNH’s biggest three games of the season coming before the Christmas break, the confidence booster after a rough showing last weekend against Boston University and Harvard may have been exactly what the doctor ordered for the team, which has struggled mostly on the defensive side of the puck in the past two games.
“We really needed the win tonight,” Sorkin said. “We just played well tonight, and played smart with the puck. The win feels good and it is an important confidence booster. We have three huge games before the break and we really need to bear down on them.”
“The focus this week was the need to keep the foot on the pedal for a full 60 minutes, after Tuesday,” Moses said. “We have three big games coming and next weekend are the two biggest of the year, against Lowell.”
With three games remaining before the Christmas break, the confidence the top line gained is something that could go a long way in propelling a team that is currently at .500. With six consecutive wins on home ice, UNH and Moses will look towards the importance of the next two weeks for the future success of the team. With Moses beginning a charge for UNH, he could be propelling himself and New Hampshire to bigger things.