No. 7 UNH men’s hockey rallies past Providence, 3-2

Callander lifts Wildcats with two goals

Preston Callander

DURHAM, N.H. - Senior tri-captain Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) scored two goals, including the game-winning tally with 7:33 to play, to lift the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Friday night's 3-2 Hockey East victory against Providence College at the Whittemore Center.

UNH improved to 5-2-1 overall and 2-1-0 in Hockey East while PC is now 4-4-0, 2-3-0.

With the Wildcats trailing 2-1 at the start of the third period, Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg,Manitoba) evened the score with a goal from between the circles at 3:55. Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta), with a pass from the left corner, and Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.) set up the goal.

UNH took its first lead of the night, 3-2, at 12:27 when Callander, standing in the low slot, collected a pass from Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) and fired a low shot into the net. Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.) was also credited with an assist.

Providence, which was outshot 13-3 in the third period and 40-22 overall, pulled goaltender Tyler Sims with 47 seconds remaining but did not maintain pressure in the offensive zone.

UNH goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) finished with 20 saves, 11 of which came in the middle stanza. Sims recorded double digits in saves all three periods with 10, 16 and 11 for a total of 37.

Providence took a 2-0 lead within seven minutes of the opening faceoff on goals by Bill McCreary at 4:40 and Jamie Carroll at 6:37. McCreary, with the assistance of Tony Zancanaro and James Pemberton, gave the Friars a 1-0 advantage on a shorthanded goal with a high shot from the left circle. Chris Chaput initiated the scoring sequence on the next goal as he intercepted the puck in the neutral zone and left a drop pass for Carroll at the left point. Carroll's shot from the left circle sailed into the upper-right corner.

UNH netted the only goal in the second period - the Wildcats generated a 17-11 shot advantage in the stanza -- to close within 2-1. From behind the net, Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) centered the puck to the low slot, where Callander scored on his own rebound on a high shot at 6:08. Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) was also credited with an assist on the power-play goal.

New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 16 (7 p.m.) at Merrimack College. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 19 vs. Northeastern University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.

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