EAST LANSING, MICH.-The No. 7 ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was defeated by No. 10 ranked Michigan State University, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon at Munn Ice Arena.
Sophomore forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) scored UNH's only goal of the game at 11:21 of the third period on the power play, posting his team leading fourth goal of the season. Junior defenseman Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) and senior tri-captain Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) posted assists on Hemingway's goal.
MSU's Colton Fretter scored MSU's second power play goal of the night to extended the Spartans lead to 5-0 with 15:03 remaining in the game. Mike Lalonde and A.J. Thelen earned helpers on Fretter's second goal of the game.
Michigan State went up 4-0 with a goal by freshman forward Jim McKenzie, his first goal of his collegiate career at 17:35 of the third period. Freshman Peder Skinner was credited with the assist, after he won the faceoff and poked the puck to McKenzie.
MSU freshman forward Bryan Lerg at 17:40 of the second frame with assists by Tommy Goebel and Brandon Warner to give MSU a 3-0 lead. Lerg scored on a delayed penalty call with MSU having an extra attacker.
The Spartans upped the score to 2-0 when Fretter scored at 13:51 of the second period on a break away getting the puck from Drew Miller for the score.
Michigan State got on the scoreboard first in the game when senior captain Jim Slater recorded his first goal of the season with 11:57 remaining in the first period. Goebel and Lalonde were credited with assists on the Slater tally. UNH killed off two of three MSU power play chances in the first period, the Spartans outshot the Wildcats, 19-8 in the first period.
Freshman goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) registered a career-high 45 saves for the 'Cats, including 18 stops in the first frame and 17 in the third period. MSU goalie Dominic Vicari posted 31 saves in the win for the Spartans.
The Wildcats (2-1-1 overall) return home for their next game on Saturday, Oct. 22nd vs. Mercyhurst. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center.