New Hampshire men's hockey outlasts Princeton, 6-3

DURHAM, N.H. - Nathan Martz (Chilliwack, B.C.) netted a pair of first-period goals to propel the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 6-3 non-conference win against Princeton University in front of a sellout crowd (6,266) at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, now unbeaten in nine consecutive games (7-0-2), improved to 12-3-3 while Princeton is now 5-4-3.

Martz opened the game's scoring one minute into the contest when he cleaned up the rebound from a Darren Haydar (Milton, Ont.) shot that hit the right post. Martz gave New Hampshire a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal at 11:57. Haydar and Colin Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) set up the tally.

Matt Swain (Oakville, Ont.) extended the cushion to 3-0 with 46 seconds remaining in the first period by capitalizing on a centering pass from Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.). David Busch (Toronto, Ont.) was also credited with an assist on the play.

The Tigers closed within 3-2 on second-period goals by Shane Campbell (at 12:12) and Neil McCann (13:10). UNH's Johnny Rogers (Etobicoke, Ont.) answered 47 seconds later to give the 'Cats a 4-2 advantage through two periods.

Princeton trimmed the deficit to 4-3 at 5:31 of the final frame on a Josh Roberts goal. New Hampshire reestablished a two-goal advantage at 17:00 on Hemingway's fifth goal of the season. Corey-Joe Ficek (Bedford, N.H.) closed the scoring with an empty-net goal at 19:36.

UNH goaltender Matt Carney (Bridgewater, Mass.) recorded 24 saves. Princeton starter Nate Nomeland stopped 12 shots and allowed three goals before yielding to Dave Stathos at 9:53 of the second period. Stathos surrendered two goals and made 11 saves.

New Hampshire resumes its season Dec. 29 at the Dartmouth College Tournament when the Wildcats play the host school .

 


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