DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team improved to 12-5-1 (19-7-3 overall) in Hockey East play as they defeated the Huskies of Northeastern University (4-14-1 HE, 9-18-2 overall) 4-3 on Friday night at the Whittemore Center Arena in front of a sellout crowd of 6,501. Junior Nathan Martz's (Chiliwack, B.C.) two goals and junior Steve Saviano's (Reading, Mass.) two assists helped the Wildcats get back on the winning track.
New Hampshire jumped out to an early lead when senior captain Patrick Foley (Milton, Mass.) scored his sixth goal of the season beating NU netminder Mike Gilhooley. Junior Mick Mounsey (Concord, N.H.) and sophomore Justin Aikins (Surrey, B.C.) had the helpers. The Wildcats then took a two-goal lead at 14:28 as Martz netted his tenth goal of the season on the power-play. Sophomore Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) and Saviano were credited with the assists.
Northeastern scored early in the middle frame to cut the UNH lead to 2-1. Jared Mudryk beat Wildcat netminder Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) at 3:47. Brian Sullivan and Joe Santilli assisted on the play.
UNH's Martz netted his second goal of the evening at 10:34 of the second stanza as he found the back of the net to increase the lead once again to two, 3-1. Senior Kevin Truelson (Avon, Mass.) and Saviano had the assists.
Senior assistant captain Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.) potted his twentieth goal of the season and the eventual game-winner to increase the Wildcat lead to 4-1 at 6:33 of the final frame. But the Huskies answered at 15:15 of period when Jaron Herriman netted NU's second goal. Skating with an extra man and an empty net, Mike Morris cut the Wildcat lead to just one with 21.4 seconds remaining, 4-3. Santilli and Eric Ortlip had the assists.
Ayers made 35 saves for his 18th win this season improving to 18-7-3, while Gilhooly (3-4-0) stopped 25 shots in the loss.
New Hampshire will be back in action this Wednesday as the Wildcats travel to Merrimack College. The puck drops at 7 p.m.