Kieran Burke made 23 saves for No. 4 North Carolina, lifting the Tar Heels to a 10-7 win over the No. 18 Virginia Cavaliers Saturday. UVa has now lost five games in a row for the first time since 1966.
After UNC jumped out to a 4-0 lead, Nick O’Reilly took charge and scored back-to-back unassisted goals to start a UVa run. Mark Cockerton scored his first of three goals on the afternoon to finish the streak with 11 seconds left in the first period.
North Carolina scored to make it 5-3 in the second, then Virginia answered back on a man-up goal by Ryan Tucker at 1:43. The Tar Heels tacked on one more before the break, taking a 6-4 lead at halftime.
UNC scored two goals to start the third quarter, creating a four-goal deficit for Virginia as the Cavaliers trailed 8-4 with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter.
Rob Emery registered an extra-man goal with 3:13 left in the third quarter, but neither team allowed another goal until Cockerton scored at the 4:56 mark in the fourth quarter, a span of 13:17 without any scoring.
The Tar Heels were able to ice the game with two goals, the second coming with 45 seconds left in the game. Cockerton scored on a James Pannell helper with 30 seconds left to bring the game to the final 10-7 score and secure the junior’s ninth career hat trick.
Virginia concludes ACC play on Friday in Durham against the Duke Blue Devils. Faceoff is set for 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
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