BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sophomore forward Trevor Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) and senior forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) each registered two goals to pace the No. 4 University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to a 7-1 victory against the No. 15 ranked University of Vermont on Friday night at a soldout Gutterson FieldHouse in Hockey East action.
The Wildcats improve their record to 15-3-1 on the season, including a 11-1-1 in conference play, while Vermont drops to 11-7-1 (6-3-1 HE) with the loss.
The Wildcats started the game off strong as they outshot Vermont 11-3 in the opening period and 12-6 in the second. Vermont only managed two shots in the final period. The first seven shots taken by the Wildcats resulted in three goals. Twelve of the Wildcats tallied at least one point through out the game, six of them tallying two or more. Smith posted a game-high three points (2g, 1a) breaking his seven-game scoring drought.
Sophomore forward Greg Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) tallied his first goal of the season on the short-hand at 10:56 into the first period. Thomas Fortney (Webster Groves, MO.) found Collins at the far left blueline who carried the puck up the ice alone to score this breakaway goal, advancing the Wildcats to a 3-0 lead. Jamie Fritsch (Odenton, MD.) was also tallied with the assist.
Senior forward, Shawn Vinz (Rochester, Minn.) scored his third goal of the season and UNH’s first of the game 5:20 into the first period. On a blueline pass from freshman Peter LeBlanc (Hamilton, Ont.), Vinz poked the puck past Joe Fallon on his glove side. Freshman forward Danny Rossman (Boxford, Mass.) was also tallied with the assist.
Sophomore forward Jerry Pollastone (Billerica, Mass.) pushed the puck between the legs of Fallon after a behind the net pass from Smith to advance the Wildcats to a 2-0 lead 7:40 into the first period.
The Catamounts got onto the board at 12:01 into the first period on a power play goal off a pass from the left circle redirected on to freshman forward Colin Vock stick who hit the top corner of the net on Kevin Regan’s blocker side.
As a result of a Catamount holding call 5:44 into the second period Smith scored an early power play goal off a pass from Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) in the slot. Smith scored on a shot from the left circle to the top corner glove side of Spillane at 5:44 of the middle frame.
With 8:01 into the second, Hemingway took the puck up the right boards, taking a slap shot from the right circle, marking his seventh goal of the season, advancing the Wildcats to a 5-1 lead. Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Man.) and Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.) earned the assists on Hemingway’s first goal.
On his second power play goal of the night, Smith scored tallying his 13th goal of the season for the Wildcats and sixth of the game, in front of the net by redirecting a pass from Matt Fornataro at the left circle with 18:30 left to go in the second period.
Just seconds later, Hemingway scored his eighth goal of the season, and his second goal of the night front just above the right goal line, firing it past Spillane into the opposite corner of the net at 19:21 of the second.
Junior goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) made eight saves in 48 minutes earning the win, while freshman netminder Brian Foster (Pembroke, Mass.) tallied two stops in the final 11:58 of the game. UNH outshot Vermont, 29-11 in the game. Catamount junior goaltender Joe Fallon notched 10 saves on 13 Wildcat shots in 30:56 taking the loss, while freshman Mike Spillane amassed 12 saves in 29:04.
The Wildcats return to ice Saturday, January 6th in the season series finale against Catamounts at Gutterson FieldHouse (7 p.m.). The game will be televised on Comcast (CN8).