Men's Hockey Skates To 0-0 Tie With Maine

DURHAM, N.H. - Senior Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska) and Matt Yeats each made 29 saves in 65 minutes as the sixth- ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team and 15th-ranked Maine skated to a 0-0 tie in front of a sellout crowd of 6,266 at the Whittemore Center on Friday.

UNH is now 13-4-4 overall and 4-2-3 in Hockey East while Maine stands at 9-6-5, 4-3-3.

It was the second consecutive shutout for Conklin, who blanked Miami University, 4-0, on Dec. 30, and the first UNH tie with Maine since tying them twice on Nov. 3 and 4, 1995.

Twice UNH sophomore Jim Abbott (Mars, Penn.) had the best opportunity break the deadlock. Once at the end of regulation with 5:08 remaining when sophomore Colin Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) fed Abbott alone in front and with 2:05 to go in overtime as he just missed an open net.

The last time UNH posted consecutive shutouts was during the 1996-97 campaign when the 'Cats tied UMass-Amherst and UMass-Lowell back-to-back.

Yeats and Conklin both made big saves in the second period to keep the score deadlocked at 0-0. Yeats turned away a Hemingway bid midway through the period, making the glove save as the Wildcat sophomore attempted to roof the puck into the upper right corner. Earlier in the period, Conklin denied Mike Mantenuto's wraparound to keep the game scoreless.

Conklin made 13 saves in the first period as the game remained scoreless after one period.

New Hampshire and Maine conclude the weekend series Saturday night at the Whittemore Center. Game time is 7 p.m.


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