Regan shuts down Black Bears with 29 saves
DURHAM, N.H. - Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) recorded 29 saves to lead the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 2-1 Hockey East victory against 15th-ranked University of Maine at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 18-7-3 overall and, with two league games in-hand, moved into a tie in the Hockey East standings with Maine by virtue of an 11-3-2 Hockey East record. Maine is now 15-9-6, 10-4-4.
Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.) quickly gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with a goal at 1:50 of the first period when the shot from the right point by Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) redirected off his midsection into the net. Robbie Barker (Concord, N.H.), who made the pass across the blue line, was also credited with an assist.
UNH extended the lead to 2-0 on a Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) power-play goal at 14:45 of the second period. Maine goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped the initial shot from the right point by Tyson Teplitsky (Saskatoon, Sask.) and Preston Callander's (Regina, Sask.) shot from the slot before Hemingway scored on his own rebound at the left post.
One second after a Black Bears' power play expired, they trimmed the deficit to 2-1 at 19:13 of the middle stanza when Bret Tyler moved in from the point and scored on a high shot deep in the right circle. Jon Jankus and Derek Damon set up the tally.
The Wildcats limited Maine to seven third-period shots and the Black Bears hindered their chances for a late rally with a penalty at 17:42 that allowed UNH to control the puck the rest of the game.
Howard matched Regan's 29-save effort. Regan recorded double-digits saves in both the first and second periods with 12 and 10, respectively.
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 11 at home vs. the University of Massachusetts. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.