BURLINGTON, Vermont -- Fifth-ranked New Hampshire got a hat trick from Darren Haydar to lead the Wildcats to a 6-2 win over Minnesota State University, Mankato, in the second round of Sheraton/Howard Bank Hockey Classic at the University of Vermont's Gutterson Fieldhouse Sunday.
New Hampshire clinched the tournament championship with the win. The Wildcats defeated Minnesota-Duluth, 4-3, on Saturday.
Matt Swain started the scoring for the 10-3-1 Wildcats with a power-play tally at 12:38 of the first period. Colin Hemingway made it 2-0 at 17:44 when he stole the puck from a Mankato defenseman and beat Eric Pateman from in close.
After a scoreless second period, New Hampshire made it 3-0 early in the third when Darren Haydar scored his first of three goals off a rebound of his own shot. The goal came at 17 seconds of the third period. The Wildcats made it 4-0 on Corey-Joe Ficek's goal at 8:32, and Haydar added his second of the game, and ninth of the season, at 11:20.
Mankato, 6-8-0 overall, made it 5-1 on Ben Christopherson's goal at 11:49. New Hampshire then made it 6-1 on Haydar's unassisted goal at 13:27.
Mankato's Jesse Rooney scored his second goal of the tournament at 14:11.
Ty Conklin made 27 saves for New Hampshire, and Michael Ayers stopped five in relief. Pateman stopped 28 for Mankato.