Hemingway leads Wildcat offense with two goals, assist
DURHAM, N.H. - Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) recorded two goals and an assist to propel the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-3 Hockey East tie against Northeastern University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH is now 7-4-2 overall and 6-2-1 in Hockey East while NU is 1-8-2, 1-5-2.
Facing a 3-1 deficit, Hemingway pulled the Wildcats within 3-2 on his second power-play goal of the game. Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.) started the scoring sequence from the left point down to Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) deep in the circle. His centering pass was tipped by Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) to Hemingway at the left post, and he scored into an open net at 9:07.
The Wildcats tied the score, 3-3, 1:46 later on a 4x4 goal by Winnik. Michael Hutchins (Wolfeboro, N.H.) passed the puck through the neutral zone to Hemingway at the left point. He jammed the puck forward to Winnik, who circled behind the net and doubled back to the left post, where he lifted a shot under the crossbar at 10:53.
The Wildcats carried play for a majority of the third period and pressured heavily in the final 30 seconds, but could not break the tie.
Northeastern recorded the only shot on goal in the five-minute extra session.
UNH goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) recorded 21 saves, including nine in the third period. NU counterpart Adam Geragosian stopped 36 shots, 18 of which came in the final frame.
Following a scoreless first period, UNH took a 1-0 lead on Hemingway's power-play goal 49 seconds into the second stanza. Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) and Micflikier set up the tally.
Northeastern rallied to take a 2-1 lead on goals 12 seconds apart. Dennis McCauley's initial shot from deep in the right circle was stopped by Pietrasiak but McCauley gathered the rebound, stopped behind the right post and threw the puck back to the front of the net. The puck caromed off the UNH goalie into the net to tie the game, 1-1, at 7:31. Bryan Esner gave the Huskies a 2-1 advantage at 7:43 when his low shot from the high slot slid inside the left post.
NU extended its lead to 3-1 at 2:52 of the third period when Yale Lewis, standing at the right post, slid a pass across the crease and Ryan Ginand pushed the puck into an open left side. Jimmy Russo was also credited with an assist.
In the scoreless first period, UNH had the most dangerous scoring opportunity. With four minutes remaining in the stanza, Micflikier held the puck in the right circle and floated a pass across the slot to an unmarked Hemingway. Hemingway wristed a shot that caromed off the left post and crossbar before being cleared from the top of the crease by an NU defenseman.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 29 (7 p.m.) at Merrimack College. The next Wildcat home game is Dec. 8 vs. Harvard. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.