~Coach Umile ties Holt’s school wins record at 347 victories~
DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore forward Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.) posted three points with one goal and two assists and sophomore forward Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Man.) scored two goals to lift the No. 8 ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a 6-1 win against Massachusetts in the finale of their season series on Saturday night at the Mullins Center.
With the victory, UNH is now 20-7-3 overall and 13-3-2 in Hockey East play. The Wildcats are currently in sole possession of second place in the Hockey East standings with 28 points. The Minutemen fall to 11-18-2, 5-13-2 in league play.
The Wildcats earned their 20 win of the season, which marks the ninth consecutive season they have accomplished that feat. Head coach Dick Umile tied Charlie Holt's school record for the most victories in school history with 347 wins apiece.
UNH got two goals in the final period from Micflikier and Ciocco at 10:40 and 14:43, while sophomore forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) capped the three-goal second period for the 'Cats at 6:04 into the period, setup by senior forward Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) on a two-on-one break away play.
Sophomore forward Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Man.) gave UNH at 3-1 lead in the second period, sliding across the ice after being hauled down by a UMass player on a delayed penalty call. Senior tri-captain Justin Aikins (Surrey, B.C.) threaded the puck between two UMass defenders, while sophomore forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ont.) was also credited with a helper.
Freshman blueliner Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.) tallied his first collegiate goal as a Wildcat at 1:35 of the second period on a slapshot from the left point to give the 'Cats a 2-1 lead.
Freshman forward Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) evened the game at 1-1 on a similar play to UMass' first goal at 17:19 of the second session with a fast sequence of shots on UMass goalie Michael Waidlich. Freshman forward Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alb.) and Ciocco picked up assists on the Radja goal. Radja collected the Fornataro rebound and beat Waidlich blocker side.
The Minutemen got into the scoring column first with a goal by P.J. Fenton in a goal mouth scramble at 12:42 of the first period. Craig MacDonald initiated the scoring play with two shots to start the flurry on UNH freshman netminder Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.).
Regan made 34 stops in the game for his 10th win of the season, including 18 saves in the opening period and eight saves apiece in the second and third frames. Waidlich earned 20 saves for Massachusetts in the loss, while Jamie Gilbert relieved Waidlich with 5:56 remaining, registering two saves on three shots.
New Hampshire returns to action on Wednesday, February 16th at Merrimack. Game time at Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass is 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by the New England Sports Network.