ANN ARBOR, MICH.- In the earliest season opener in UNH Hockey history, Sophomore defenseman Garrett Stafford (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored on the seventh shot of a shootout to send the University of New Hampshire hockey team to the Ice Breaker final tommorow at 8:30 p.m. The game ended in a 2-2 tie after one five minute overtime period and the shootout determined who would advance to the Championship game to face either Michigan or Colgate.
North Dakota came into the game as the top-ranked team in the nation.
The game was a showcase of two outstanding goalie performances, UNH goalie Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Ak.) notched a game-high 34 saves, while North Dakota's Karl Goehring made 25 saves.
In the third period, UNH junior forward Darren Haydar (Milton, ONT.) tied the game at 2-2 when he trickled a shot past North Dakota netminder Karl Goehring on his glove side with 8:59 left in the third period. Sophomore Jim Abbott (Mars, Pa.)and senior Sean Austin (Malden, Mass.) added helpers on the Haydar goal. Senior forward Matt Swain (Oakville, ONT.) got UNH on the board late in the second period with a goal at 18:22. Haydar and Abbott tallied assist on the Swain goal.
The two North Dakota goals were scored by forward Bryan Lundbohm at 17:43 of the second period and defenseman David Hale scored at 3:28 into the first period on a strange bounce of the left side of the boards.