Micflikier ties career high with five points for ‘Cats
DURHAM, N.H.- Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) tied his career high with five points on three goals and two assists and the sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team netted five third-period goals to surge past the 13th-ranked University of Massachusetts-Lowell in Saturday night's 8-3 Hockey East victory at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, 6 of 11 on the power play, improved to 17-6-3 overall and 10-2-2 in Hockey East as the 'Cats scored a season-high eight goals for the third time in the past six games. UML, which entered the game with a 14-game unbeaten streak, is now 15-6-3, 6-6-2.
The River Hawks entered the third period facing a 3-2 deficit but Ben Walter tied the score at 2:43. The Wildcats, who were outshot 25-17 through two stanzas, stormed back and finished the game with a 36-31 shot advantage. Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) gave the 'Cats their third lead of the night, 4-3, with the assistance of Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) and Brad Flashains (Glendale, Ariz.) at 5:34. Micflikier scored power-play goals at 7:45 and 13:07, the first of which was a deflection of a Robbie Barker (Concord, N.H.) slap shot, to extend UNH's advantage to 6-3.
Collins' power-play goal at 18:45 put the 'Cats in front 7-3 and Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.) scored his first career goal with 22 seconds remaining to close the scoring.
UNH goalie Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) was credited with 28 saves and UML's Peter Vetri stopped 28 shots.
Micflikier gave UNH an early 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 2:19 of the first period when, standing in the high slot, he turned a fired a screened shot into the net. Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.; two goals, two assists), with a pass from the right point, and Justin Aikins (Surrey, B.C.; three assists) were credited with assists.
The River Hawks tied the score, 1-1, at 15:24 when Elias Godoy scored off his own rebound in front. Kelly Sullivan initiated the scoring sequence with a pass from the left point behind the net, where Mark Pandolfo made the centering pass to Godoy.
Danny O'Brien scored on a backhanded wraparound at the right post to give UML a 2-1 lead 40 seconds into the middle stanza. Yandle netted a power-play goal at 7:18 and struck again at 11:08 to put the Wildcats back in front, 3-2.
New Hampshire returns to action at home Feb. 4 vs. the University of Maine. The game, which will be televised by CSTV, will start at 8 p.m.