OMAHA, Neb.- The No. 8 ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team lost to host Nebraska-Omaha, 5-3 in the Championship game of the Maverick Stampede on Saturday night at the Qwest Center.
Alex Nikiforuk of Nebraska-Omaha was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament scoring four goals over the weekend, including the first goal of the night just 15 seconds into the game. Dan Charleston of UNO scored the game-winning goal at 11:57 of the second period to seal the game for the Mavericks.
Sophomore forward Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.), Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) scored the goals for the Wildcats in the losing cause.
Sophomore netminder Kevin Regan (S. Boston, Mass.) posted 25 saves for the Wildcats, including 11 stops in the final period. Freshman goalie Greg Barrett finished the game with 35 saves on the night in an impressive first collegiate start for the Mavericks.
Junior forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) and senior captain Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) were named to the Maverick Stampede All-Tournament Team for their efforts over the weekend.
"We put ourselves in the hole early in the game and we battled back to tie at 3-3, we couldn't capitalize on our chances at the end of the game," said Coach Dick Umile.
UNH finished the game 1 for 9 on the power play, while UNO went 1 for 5. The 'Cats outshot Omaha 38-30 on the night, including a 15-6 shot advantage in the second frame. A total of 21 penalties were called in the game tonight.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Oct. 21 vs. the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, the 2004 NCAA runner-up. Game time is 8p.m. at the Whittemore Center, the game will be televised live by College Sports Television (CSTV).