No. 4 New Hampshire hockey surges past Northeastern, 5-2

DURHAM, N.H. - The line of Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.), Justin Aikins (South Surrey, B.C.) and Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) combined to produce two goals and five assists in leading the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire hockey team to Saturday night's 5-2 Hockey East victory against Northeastern University at the Whittemore Center.

UNH improved to 8-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in Hockey East while Northeastern fell to 0-8-2 and 0-5-1 in league play. Aikins finished with three assists while both Callander and Hemingway finished with a goal and assist.

Following a scoreless first period, the teams combined for five second-period goals and UNH took a 4-1 lead into the final frame. Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.), with the assistance of Aikinsand Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.), netted a power-play goal from the low slot at 1:58. Hemingway scored 79 seconds later to extend the advantage to 2-0 and Dan Travis (Wilton, N.H.) gave the home team a 3-0 lead at 12:58.

Northeastern trimmed the deficit to 3-1 on Jason Guierriero's power-play shot from the right circle at 17:18. Eric Ortlip set up the goal with a pass from the right corner. New Hampshire responded with a goal by Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ont.) just 27 seconds later, however, to reestablish at three-goal lead of 4-1.

Callander struck at 14:13 of the final frame to give the home team its largest lead of the night, 5-1. NU pulled back within three goals, 5-2, on a Jonathan Koop shot from the left point 35 seconds later but the Huskies could get no closer the rest of the way. Ortlip and Brian Swiniarski were credited with assists.

UNH's Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) took a penalty shot with 1:39 remaining but was forced wide left by Huskies' goalie Keni Gibson and stuffed his shot wide of the left post.

Gibson finished with 23 saves while UNH's Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) turned aside 30 shots.

UNH returns to action Nov. 25 at home vs. UMass-Lowell. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.

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