Collins leads balanced attack with goal, two assists
DURHAM, N.H. - Five Wildcat skaters recorded multiple points, led by Sean Collins' (Reading, Mass) goal and two assists, to propel the sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 8-2 non-conference victory against Yale University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, winners of four of the last five games, improved to 15-5-2. Yale is now 2-15-1. A total of 14 Wildcats recorded at least one point on the night, including Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.), Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.), Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) and Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) with a goal and an assist each.
Leading 2-0, the Wildcats broke the game open with five second-period tallies. Hemingway extended the lead to 3-0 at 2:53, then Ciocco and Fornataro scored 15 seconds apart - at 5:43 and 5:48, respectively -- to extend the advantage to 5-0. Callander netted his goal at 13:18 to build a six-goal lead.
Yale's Brad Mills trimmed the deficit to 6-1 at 15:56 but Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) answered with a goal 41 seconds later to reestablish a six-goal lead. Nate Jackson potted a goal with 1:44 remaining in the second stanza to pull Yale within 7-2.
Junior goalie Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) stopped 12 shots by the Bulldogs in two periods of play and gave way to freshman Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.), who played the final 20 minutes of the contests making eight saves.
Yale starting goalie Matt Modelski stopped 15 of 21 shots in 33:18 and exited the game trailing 6-0. Peter Cohen was credited with 12 saves and surrendered two goals the rest of the way.
The Wildcats built a 2-0 lead through one period of play on even-strength goals by Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) at 5:53 and Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) at 14:48. Brian Pouliot (Hoosksett, N.H.) closed the scoring with a power-play goal at 19:46 of the third period.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 21 at home vs. Merrimack College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.