BOSTON- Sophomore defender Kevin Kapstad (Boxboro, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal to help lift the No. 8 ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to a 3-1 victory over the Northeastern Huskies on Saturday night at Matthews Arena in Boston, Mass in Hockey East action.
The Wildcats advance their record to 9-2-1, 7-1-1 in Hockey East play, while the Huskies drop to 2-8-2, 0-7-2 in league play. The Wildcats continue to hold a perfect 7-0-0 record on the road this season, matching the best away from the Whittemore Center since the 1996-97 season. UNH has also now won the last six meetings against Northeastern at the Matthews Arena and are undefeated in their last eight games at 7-0-1.
Kapstad scored his first collegiate goal and the first goal of the game for the Wildcats came 16:00 into the first period. Off the faceoff from the left circle, junior forward Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) dropped back and passed the puck to Kapstad on the left point, who fired it past Northeastern goalie Brad Thiessen.
Senior forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) tallied the game winning goal, advancing the Wildcats to a 2-0 lead 1:03 into the second period off his own rebound. Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) was credited with his team-leading 15th of the season as he fed the puck from the left goal line, towards the netfront, which deflected off a Northeastern player found Hemingway’s stick.
Charging quickly out of the penalty box, sophomore forward Thomas Fortney (Webster Groves, Mo.) found a Brad Flaishans’ (Glendale, Ariz.) pass from the blue line. Fortney’s breakaway resulted in UNH’s third goal of the game and his second goal of the season 11:05 into the second period.
The Wildcats had an excessive amount of penalties in the third period resulting in a Northeastern power play goal scored by senior captain Mike Morris, 14:11 into the period. Jimmy Russo won the faceoff in the Northeastern zone, quickly passing it to Kyle Kraemer at the right point who redirected the puck to Morris at the left point, resulting in the Morris’ sixth goal of the season making the score 3-1.
Junior goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.), posted his 31st collegiate victory, improving his record to 8-2-1. Regan tallied 28 saves, including 13 in the third period. Regan has won all seven starts against Northeastern in his Wildcat career.
UNH return to action for more Hockey East action on Tuesday, November 28th against Merrimack College at the Whittemore Center at 7:00 p.m.