New Hampshire men's hockey tops UMass-Lowell, 4-3

DURHAM, N.H. -- Senior Colin Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) scored a pair of goals while senior Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.) notched three assists to the lead the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a 4-3 Hockey East victory over UMass-Lowell at the Whittemore Center on Friday.

The Wildcats led 2-1 after two periods on goals from Hemingway and junior Nathan Martz (Chilliwack, B.C.). Goals in third by junior Mike Lubesnick (Northbrook, Ill.) and Hemingway helped nullify a River Hawk comeback bid.

Junior Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) made 31 saves to earn the win for the 'Cats (4-1-2, 2-1-1 Hockey East). UMass-Lowell's Chris Davidson finished with 30 saves.

Scoring goals for the River Hawks (4-4-0, 0-3-0 HE) were Ed McGrane, Peter Hay and Dan O'Brien.

Things started quickly in the third. Seventy-six seconds in Lubesnick gave the Wildcats a two-goal cushion, beating Davidson with a slap shot in the slot. Gare and junior Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) were credited with assists.

But the River Hawks closed the gap back to a goal at 8:51 with a goal from Hay. Hemingway's second of the night made it a 4-2 game at 11:41 on Gare's third assist of the game. Two minutes later, however, UMass-Lowell pulled back to withing a goal as O'Brien scored off the face-off won by Anders Strome.

The River Hawks pulled to within a goal at 5:23 of the second on the power play. McGrane beat Ayers between the pads from the slot after receiving the pass from Baptiste Amar.

The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the first on goals by Martz and Hemingway. Martz goal came at 2:55 when the New Hampshire forward fired the puck to the front of the River Hawk net where a UMass-Lowell defensman deflected the puck past Davidson. Freshman Andrew Leach (Altamont, N.Y.) and sophomore Robbie Barker (Concord, N.H.) were credited with assists on the play. For Leach it was first career-point, while Barker earned his first point of the season.

Hemingway made it 2-0 at 12:46 when he beat Davidson on a short-handed partial-breakaway after getting the feed at the red line from senior Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.).

These two teams will meet tomorrow night at Tsongas Arena in Lowell. The Wildcats next home game will be Friday, Nov. 15 against Providence College at Whittemore Center. New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV-11) will telecast the game.

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