DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team skated to a 5-5 tie with the defending National Champions, the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first game of a weekend series at the Whittemore Center Friday night. Senior assistant captain Colin Hemingway (Surrey, British Colombia) had four points on the evening for the Wildcats to secure the tie.
New Hampshire got on the board first as sophomore forward Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) scored his second of the year from junior Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) and sophomore Justin Aikens (Surrey, British Columbia) 1:31 into the first period. Minnesota evened up the score, 1-1, with a goal from Troy Riddle. Gino Guyer had the lone assist.
Hemingway etched his first goal of the season to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead at 14:50 of the first period. Senior forward Jim Abbott (Mars, Pa.) and sophomore Robbie Barker (Concord, N.H.) were credited with the assists. Hemingway rebounded a bouncy puck from senior Josh Prudden (Andover, Mass.) and senior assistant captian Lanny Gare (Vernon, British Columbia) again with just over five minutes to play in the opening stanza.
Minnesota's Paul Martin answered Hemingway's second goal to cut the lead by one, 3-2. Chris Harrington and Jerrid Reinholz were given the assists.
Minnesota would score once more with senior defensman Kevin Truelson (Avon, Mass.) and Riddle in the penatly box for matching minors. New Hampshire answered seconds later when Minnesota native junior defenseman Tim Horst (South St. Paul, Minn.) potted his first season giving the Wildcats the lead again and ended the flurry of goals in the first period.
Dan Welch scored at 9.55 of the second period on the powerplay while Riddle scored his second goal to give the Golden Golphers the lead, 5-4, with just over two minutes to play in the stanza.
New Hampshire's Gare netted his fourth goal of the season to tie the game at 5-5 at of the final frame. Abbott and Hemingway were credited with the helpers. Collins had the opertunity to put the game away on a break away with thirty seconds remaining in the game, but game up emtpy handed.
UNH goaltender junior Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) stopped 24 of 29 shots for while Minnesota's Justin Johnson stopped 22 of 27 for on the evening.
The University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team will face off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002. Game time is at 7 p.m.