DURHAM, N.H. - Nathan Martz (Chilliwack, B.C.) scored at :48 of overtime to lift the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire hockey team to Friday night's 2-1 Hockey East victory against No. 15 University of Massachusetts at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 15-4-3 overall and 9-2-1 in Hockey East while UMass is now 13-9-1, 7-7-0.
Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.), from the right corner, fed a pass to Martz in the low slot. Martz shifted the puck from his backhand to his forehand and tucked the puck past sprawled Minutemen goaltender Michael Waidlich into the open net. Garrett Stafford (Los Angeles, Calif.) was also credited with an assist on the game-winning tally.
UMass had taken a 1-0 lead on Tim Turner's 12th goal of the season at 7:21 of the first period. Chris Capraro and Jeff Lang earned assists. Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) tied the game, 1-1, when he scored on a penalty shot at 17:29 of the opening stanza. It marked just the second penalty shot in the history of the Whittemore Center. UNH's John Sadowski scored on his attempt, which was Nov. 15, 1996 against Maine in a 6-3 Wildcat victory.
UNH goaltender Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) stopped 28 shots - none in the extra session - and Waidlich finished with 28 saves, including three in overtime, for the Minutemen.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 19 at the University of Massachusetts. Game time is 5 p.m. The next Wildcat home game is Jan. 25 (7 p.m.) vs. Boston University.