DURHAM, N.H. - Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska) made 28 saves, 14 of them in the third period, preserving a 5-2 victory for the University of New Hampshire men's hockey over Northeastern University on Friday at the Whittemore Center.
The Wildcats got goals from five different players, including sophomore Colin Hemingway (South Surrey, B.C.), senior Sean Austin (Malden, Mass.), sophomore Garrett Stafford (Los Angeles, Calif.), junior Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario) and sophomore Jim Abbott (Mars, Pa.).
Northeastern pulled to within 4-2 at 8:45 of the third on the power play. Conklin made eight saves on two Husky power plays in the third but was beaten on the ninth shot by Graig Michler who was all alone in front of the Wildcat net.
Abbott would add an insurance goal 2:23 later to give the Wildcats a 5-2 cushion with 8:52 to play.
The win moves the Wildcats to 17-8-5, 8-6-5 in Hockey East, while the Huskies fall to 10-12-4, 5-9-4. Conklin ties Sean Matile for all-time UNH victories with 53 career wins. Mike Gilhooly made 18 saves in two periods and Jason Braun had 11 saves in 26:45 of relief action for the Huskies. The Wildcats held a 4-0 lead in the second before Northeastern got on the board at 17:05. Mike Jozefowicz took the shot from the point and Willie Levesque tipped it past Conklin to make it 4-1 after two periods. Stafford made it 3-0 early in the second when he swooped in from the point and received pass from Josh Prudden (Andover, Mass.) in the slot. Stafford wristed the puck past Gilhooly at 2:43. Haydar increased UNH's lead to 4-0 at 12:11 when his backhander from the goal line eluded Gilhooly.
In the first, the Wildcats took a 2-0 lead on goals by Hemingway and Austin. Hemingway scored off a Kevin Truelson shot, collecting the rebound all alone in front of the Huskies net and beating Gilhooly at 7:42. Austin increased UNH's lead to 2-0 at 17:37 when he let a soft backhand go from the blueline that just bounced past Gilhooly.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday when they host Providence starting at 7 p.m.