DURHAM, N.H. - Brad Nizwantowski scored on a breakaway at 2:04 of overtime to lift the University of Massachusetts hockey team to Friday night's 2-1 Hockey East upset of seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, which was assured a top-four seed and thus home ice for the Hockey East quarterfinals with Boston University's 3-2 loss to Merrimack College earlier in the night, is now 19-10-6 overall and 10-8-5 in the conference. UMass kept its playoff hopes alive by improving to 8-21-4 overall and 7-14-2 in the league.
Nizwantowski was sent alone into the offensive zone on a two-line pass by Jay Shaw. Toni Soderholm also set up the game-winning goal.
With UMass trailing 1-0 entering the third period, Jimmy Callahan tied the game, 1-1, with an unassisted goal at 11:55.
In a penalty-marred first period that had 11 infractions, New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead on a Matt Swain (Oakville, Ont.) tally at 3:53. UMass goalie Mike Johnson stopped a shot from the left point by Garrett Stafford (Los Angeles, Calif.), but Swain collected the rebound in front and lifted the puck into the net. Darren Haydar (Milton, Ont.) also earned an assist on the play.
Johnson stopped every Wildcat shot the rest of the night and finished with 28 saves. UNH goalie Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska) had 26 saves.
The Wildcats conclude the regular season Saturday night at UMass. Game time is 7 p.m.