DURHAM, N.H. - Matt Swain (Oakville, Ontario) and Nathan Martz (Chilliwack, B.C.) scored 3:39 apart in the third period, breaking a two-all tie and giving the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team a 4-2 Hockey East quarterfinal win over UMass-Lowell at the Whittemore Center on Thursday.
Swain, after taking pass from Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario) at the blueline, beat a River Hawk defender, skated in on Jimi St. John and slipped a backhand between the pads for the game-winner. Martz scored an insurance goal 3:39 later when he was set up in front of the Lowell net by Travis Banga (High River, Alberta).
Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska) made 29 saves for the win, while St. John finished with 28. Scoring goals for the River Hawks were Geoff Schomogyi and Peter Hay. Haydar scored a goal in the second and Mark White (Woburn, Mass) scored UNH's opening goal in the first.
The win puts the seventh-ranked Wildcats (21-10-6) one game up in the best-of-three quarterfinal with the River Hawks (17-15-3). Game two is Friday at the Whitt (7 p.m.).
Early in the second, Schomogyi gave the River Hawk's a 2-1 lead at 3:19 as he centered the puck in front of the Wildcats' net where the puck appeared to deflect off a stick past Conklin. Haydar tied the game at 14:19. Haydar, behind the River Hawks' net, received a pass from Kevin Truelson (Avon, Mass.), wheeled to the front of St. John and snuck the puck between the Umass-Lowell goalie's legs.
In the first, the River Hawk's got on the board early as Hay picked up his own rebound after a 2-on-0 and put it past Conklin at 1:53. White tied the game on a power-play goal at 16:09. White moved in from the point with the puck, faked a slapshot at the top of the circle, skated in further, shot, collected the rebound and backhanded it into an open net.