DURHAM, N.H. - Senior Matt Swain (Oakville, Ontario) scored his second goal of the night with two minutes, 39 seconds left to give the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team a 4-3 victory over Lake Superior State University on Friday night in the Wildcats home-opener at the Whittemore Center. Linemate sophomore Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.) had two goals and two assists. Swain also assisted on Gare's first goal for a three-point night in front of a sellout crowd of 6,266.
Senior Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska) made 19 saves to preserve the win while Lakers' netminder Jayme Platt finished with 23. UNH improves to 3-0-1 overall while the Lakers (3-1) lose their first of the season.
With UNH leading 3-1 going into the third period, Lake Superior quickly erased the two-goal margin on tallies from Jason Nightingale at 5:13 and Chad Dahlen (16:30), unassisted.
But with just under three minutes to play, Swain swept in from the point and beat Platt with a slapshot for the game-winner.
Five minutes into the second period Gare put the Wildcats up by two, 3-1. Utilizing a five-on-three power play to their advantage, sophomore Jim Abbott (Mars, Penn.) took classmate Garrett Stafford's pass along the blueline and unloaded a slapshot that Gare tipped past Platt.
After the first period the Wildcats led, 2-1. Gare and Swain combined to give UNH a 2-0 lead. Swain assisted on Gare's fourth goal of the season at 3:19 and was returned the favor at 6:44 when Gare found him alone in front of the Lakers' net. Lake Superior's Jeremy Bachusz's power-play goal at 10:28 made it 2-1.
UNH returns to action Saturday night when the 'Cats host Miami (Ohio) University at 7 p.m.