– Junior forward Mike Radja
) posted two points (1g, 1a) to pace the No. 3 ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to a 4-1 win against Merrimack College on Saturday in Hockey East action at Thom Lawler Arena in front of 2,270 fans.
UNH upped its record to 22-5-1 on the season (17-3-1 HE), while Merrimack
falls to 3-21-4 overall and 3-16-2 this year in Hockey East play. The Wildcats own a six-point lead on Boston University
with 35 points to hold the top spot in the Hockey East standings.
Senior forward Brett Hemingway
(Surrey, B.C.) gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead on a back door goal with a power play tally at 9:51 for his 11th
goal on the year. Hemingway, who was waiting on the doorstep for the pass, beat Healey blocker side as Radja fed the puck across slot. Jacob Micflikier
) also assisted on Hemingway’s goal.
Junior blueliner Brad Flaishans
) extended UNH’s lead to 3-0 with another power play goal at 13:52. Flaishans took a wrist shot from the high slot which hit the left post and beat Healey again to the blocker side. Trevor Smith
, B.C.) and Craig Switzer
(Peachland, B.C.) earned assists on Flaishans’ third goal of the season.
Radja scored his Hockey East leading 17th
goal of the season off a turnover in the neutral zone to give the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead at the 3:46 mark of the opening period. Radja beat Jim Healey over his left shoulder with a wrist shot as he went in all alone on the Merrimack
goal. He has scored a goal in four of his last five games, posting a goal in 14 games during his junior season.
Micflikier capped off the scoring to seal the win for the Wildcats at 16:51, which marked their third power play goal of the game. Senior captain Josh Ciocco
) and blueliner Jamie Fritsch
) on Micfliker’s seventh goal of the year. The top line was responsible for three of the four goals in the victory. Merrimack
added a goal with 2:05 left in the game by Justin Mills.
UNH has won six of the seven season series which they have completed so far this season, which includes four series sweeps in 06-07 (Northeastern, UMass-Lowell, Merrimack
The Wildcats outshot Merrimack
, 14 to 6 in the three–goal first period and they scored two goals with a man up in four chances. The teams skated to a scoreless second period with Merrimack
taking a 14-9 shot advantage in the second. UNH finished the game with a 39-29 shot edge.
Junior goaltender Kevin Regan
(South Boston, Mass.
) registered 28 saves in the game, including 14 saves in the second frame. Healey played the first 20 minutes stopping 11 of 14 shots by the ‘Cats in the opening frame. Patrick Watson played the final 40 minutes for the warriors posting 24 saves on 25 shots by UNH. The ‘Cats have outscored Merrimack
, 20 to 3, in their five consecutive victories.
The Wildcats’ return to the ice for their next home game on Friday, Feb. 16 vs. Boston University
. The game, which will be televised by the New England Sports Network (NESN), begins at 7:30 p.m.