DURHAM, N.H. - The sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team outscored 15th-ranked Maine 3-1 in the second period, as the Wildcats beat the Black Bears 4-1 on Saturday at the Whittemore Center.
Senior Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska) made 34 saves in front of a soldout crowd of 6,266 for the victory. Conklin had a shutout streak of 168:45 snapped in the second period. Matt Yeats made 30 saves for Maine. UNH moves to 14-4-4, 5-2-3 Hockey East, while Maine drops to 9-7-5, 4-4-3.
Scoring goals for the 'Cats in the second period were sophomore Josh Prudden (Andover, Mass.), sophomore Jim Abbott (Mars, Penn.) and freshman Mike Lubesnick (Northbrook, Ill.). Senior Matt Swain (Oakville, Ontario) added an insurance goal with 1:23 to go in the third.
Dan Kerluke broke Conklin's shutout streak at 18:41 of the second.
After no goals in the first 87:14 of the weekend series, including 65:00 of Friday's 0-0 tie, UNH scored three goals to Maine's one in the second period. Prudden opened the scoring at 2:14 and Abbott followed that up with a power-play goal at 7:28. Lubesnick increased the Wildcat lead to 3-0 at 15:16 with his first career-goal on assists from seniors Sean Austin (Malden, Mass.) and Jeff Haydar (Milton, Ontario).
New Hampshire returns to action next weekend in a two-game home-and-away series against Merrimack. UNH travels to Merrimack Friday (7 p.m.) and hosts the Warriors on Saturday (7 p.m.).