Hemingway’s two goals ignites Wildcat comeback
DURHAM, N.H. - Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) scored a pair of second-period goals and Trevor Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) netted a third-period power-play goal as the 12th ranked University of New Hampshire hockey team overcame a three-goal deficit to skate to Saturday night's 3-3 draw against the sixth-ranked University of North Dakota at the Whittemore Center.
UNH is now 1-2-1 overall and UND is 4-1-1.
Trailing 3-2 through two periods despite a 28-18 shot advantage, the Wildcats tied the score with 7:32 remaining in regulation. Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta), after holding the puck at the high slot, fired a shot that was stopped by UND goaltender Jordan Parise. Smith collected the rebound at the top of the crease and lifted a high shot into the net. Michael Hutchins (Wolfeboro, N.H.) was also credited with an assist.
In the five-minute overtime session, UNH called time out with 15.5 seconds remaining and both teams with a player in the penalty box. Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.) was denied from close range, then the puck was cleared out of the zone off the ensuing faceoff to end the game.
UNH goalie Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) finished with 25 saves, including two in OT. Parise stopped 40 shots, four of which were in the extra session.
UND was outshot 16-6 in the first period but led 1-0 at the first intermission on a T.J. Oshie power-play goal at 16:11. Jonathan Toews initiated the scoring sequence with a pass from the right circle to Brian Lee at the high point. Lee's shot was stopped by Regan, but Oshie was alone at the left post and roofed a backhander into the open net.
The Wildcats created a number of dangerous first-period scoring chances, including their four power-play opportunities, none of which was better than a point-blank shot by Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.) that caromed off the left post.
North Dakota quickly extended its lead to 3-0 in the second stanza. Stafford gathered Ryan Duncan's long outlet pass at mid-ice, carried the puck along the right dashers and fired a shot from the circle that eluded Regan and trickled across the goal line. Matt Smaby was also credited with an assist on the play, which gave UND a 2-0 lead 18 seconds into the second period. Stafford struck again at 4:11 on a high shot from close range.
The Wildcats rallied to close within 3-2 before the second intermission on a pair of Hemingway tallies. The first, a power-play goal at 7:54, came when Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) carried the puck into the offensive zone at the high slot and slid the puck to the left circle, where Hemingway wrested a shot into the net. Hemingway netted an unassisted goal at 13:52 when he intercepted a pass in the right circle and beat Parise.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 28 (7 p.m.) at UMass. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 1 vs. Boston College. Game time at Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, N.H.) is 8 p.m.