AMHERST, Mass. -Junior forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) scored the game-winning goal with 5:08 remaining in the game on a 5 on 3 power play to lead the No. 9 ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a 3-1 Hockey East victory against the University of Massachusetts on Friday night in front of 3,220 fans at the Mullins Center.
Hemingway posted his team-leading 12 goal of the season, seven of which have come a man up. He beat UMass goalie Gabe Winer blocker side with a one-timer from the low left slot. Junior Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and senior captain Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) earned assists on Hemingway's game-winning tally. Micflikier dished the puck across the slot from the right corner for his team-leading 18th assist of the season.
The 'Cats sophomore blueliner Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.) got UNH on the board in the second period with his second goal of the season on a slapshot from the high slot. Sophomore forward Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) was credited with the primary helper after he fed the puck to Flaishans from behind the goal, linemate Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) was registered an assist on the goal for his fifth assist of the season.
The 'Cats improve to 13-7-4 on the season and 9-3-3 in league play, while the Minutemen drop to 8-13-0, 5-9-0 in Hockey East action.
Junior forward Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.) added an empty-net power play goal for his second of the season with 39 seconds left in the game to seal the win for the Wildcats.
Jamie Solon evened the game at 1-1 with 11:16 remaining in the final period for UMass' lone goal of the night.
Senior netminder Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) made 11 stops in the third period and 27 saves in the game in his 38th career start as a Wildcat. Winer posted 38 saves in the loss for the Minutemen, including 18 in the opening period.
The teams skated to a scoreless opening period with the Wildcats outshooting UMass, 18-9 in the first frame.
The Wildcats return to action with the conclusion of the season series vs. the Minutemen Saturday, January 21 at the Whittemore Center. Game time is 7 p.m. The game will be televised live by New Hampshire Public Television and ESPNU.