BOSTON, MASS.-The No. 6 ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team defeated Northeastern University, 7-4, on Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
UNH has now won six of their last seven games, including the last four contests. Sophomore forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) got back the lead for the Wildcats for good, 5-4, registering the game-winning goal at 8:14 of the third period. Senior forward Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) and senior tri-captain Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) setup the Hemingway tally.
Sophomore forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) scored UNH's sixth goal of the game with 2:15 remaining and sophomore Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.) sealed the game with an empty-net goal with one second left in the game. The Wildcats scored four goals in the final period to pickup their fifth victory in Hockey East play.
Junior forward Mark Kolanos (Calgary, Alberta) notted the game, 4-4 with 13:31 to go in the third frame.
Senior center Jason Guerriero put Northeastern on top for the first time of the night, 4-3, with only 23 seconds remaining in the second period. The Huskies outshot UNH 14-13 in the middle frame.
Sophomore forward Ray Ortiz potted his second goal of the game to even the game, 3-3, with only 3:49 left in the second session. Senior defenseman Robbie Barker (Concord, N.H.) gave the Wildcats a 3-2 lead in the second period on the power play with assists from forward Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) and Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba). Barker's goal was the third of his career.
The Huskies came back to tie the game 2-2 with an Ortiz goal at 4:48 of the second period. Ortiz was setup by Yale Lewis and Jared Mudryk. UNH regained the lead at 2-1 with 2:23 left in the opening period on a goal by Fornataro. Freshman forward Mike Radja (Yorkiville, Ill.) and senior tri-captain Tyson Teplitsky (Saskatoon, Sask.) posted assists on the Fornataro tally.
The Huskies evened the score just 51 seconds later with 13:48 left in the period on a goal by Swiniarski. Guerriero and Grover earned helpers on the Huskies first goal of the game.
Fornataro finished the game with three points (1g, 2a), while Ciocco registered two goals. 13 different Wildcats posted a point in the win, including multi-assist efforts from Radja and Micflikier. UNH's third line of Radja, Fornataro and Ciocco finished the game with three goals and four assists for seven points.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard first in the game with a Ciocco goal, his fourth of the season at 5:21 of the first period. Sophomore defenseman Chris Murray (Dover, Mass.), who took the initial shot from the right point, and freshman forward were credited with assists on the goal.
Freshman goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) made 37 saves in his fourth collegiate start as a Wildcat, including 12 stops in the first frame and 14 in the third period. Senior netminder Keni Gibson stopped 30 of the 36 shots he faced.
The Wildcats (8-2-1 overall, 5-1-0 HE) return action on Tuesday, November 23rd at UMass-Lowell. Game time at Tsongas Arena is 7 p.m.