Third-period burst carries men's hockey past Maine, 4-1

DURHAM, N.H. -- Junior Colin Hemingway (Surrey, British Columbia) scored two power-play goals, including the game-winner with 12:25 remaining in the third period, and senior goalkeeper Matt Carney (Bridgewater, Mass.) remained undefeated in eight starts this season as fifth-ranked New Hampshire earned a 4-1 Hockey East victory against No. 15 Maine Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, which has now won five straight games, maintained its hold on first-place in Hockey East and improved to 9-2-2 overall and 6-1-2 in league play with the victory. The Black Bears fell to 7-5-2 and 3-2-0 in Hockey East.

Hemingway hammered home his own rebound on the power play at 7:35 of the third period to account for the game-winner. Hemingway, who minutes earlier missed a wide-open net, took Darren Haydar's (Milton, Ontario) soft pass in the left corner and skated in front of Maine goalie Matt Yeats. Hemingway's initial shot was saved by Yeats but the rebound bounced right back to the junior winger, who wristed it past the Black Bears backstop for the 2-1 lead.

Freshman Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) gave UNH some breathing room with his 10th goal of the year at 12:46 of the third. Haydar, who finished with three assists on the night, sprung Collins in alone over the Maine blue line. The freshman winger deked Yeats before going to his backhand and flipping it past him for a 3-1 UNH advantage. Sophomore efenseman Tim Horst (St. Paul, Minn.) earned his first career point with an assist on the play.

Carney, meanwhile, stopped 26 Black Bears shots in earning his sixth win of the season and remained undefeated at 6-0-2 this season. Yeats made 31 saves for Maine.

Maine began the scoring at 8:27 of the first period after a questionable onsides call at the UNH blue line. The Black Bears appeared to be offsides bringing the puck into the zone, but play continued and Maine eventually scored when Colin Sheilds wristed the rebound of a Prestin Ryan shot past Carney for his 13th goal of the year on the power play.

The Wildcats responded when Hemingway tallied his first of the night at 3:36 of the second period on the power play. Collins and Haydar assisted. Lanny Gare (Vernon, British Columbia) added an empty-net goal at 19:35 of the final period to close the scoring.

UNH hits the road next weekend for two games against ECAC competition. UNH battles Clarkson on Friday (12/7) and St. Lawrence next Saturday (12/8) before facing intrastate rival Dartmouth College at the Verizon Center in Manchester on Dec. 13.

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