AMHERST, Mass. -- New Hampshire goaltender Ty Conklin turned away 25 of UMass' 26 shots on the night, leading UNH to a 5-1 win over UMass. UNH improves to 21-7-6, 12-5-6 in Hockey East, while UMass drops to 11-18-5 and 5-15-4 in conference play.
UNH struck first with a Ryan Cordeiro goal at the 8:20 mark of the first period. Cordeiro rifled a shot through heavy traffic from 15 feet out, beating UMass goaltender Mike Johnson (Excelsior, Minn.).
The Wildcats added three more goals in the second period, pulling away to a 4-0 advantage. Matt Swain opened the second frame with his eighth goal of the season, taking a pretty Mike Souza pass skating across the slot and knocking the puck past Johnson. Colin Hemingway added the third UNH goal at the 8:02 mark of the second period, beating Johnson far-side for his third goal of the season. UMass substituted goaltender Markus Helanen (Vantaa, Finland) after the third UNH goal, replacing Johnson just over eight minutes into the period. Darren Haydar scored his 21st goal of the season at the 14:15 mark, putting the Wildcats up 4-0.
UMass finally got on the board at the 7:31 mark of the third period. Freshman Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.) passed ahead to his brother Jeff Turner (Saginaw, Mich.) on the right side of the slot for his team-leading 15th goal of the season. UNH struck right back less than a minute later with a Mike Souza power play goal at the 8:19 mark. UMass appeared to score their second goal when senior Jeff Blanchard (Stouffvile, Ont.) slapped a shot that hit the bottom of the crossbar and deflected straight down, but somehow never crossed the line. The Wildcats outshot the Minutemen 15-9 in the final period.
Johnson took the loss for the Minutemen, dropping to 1-4-2 on the season. Conklin notched his 20th win of the season with the 25 save performance, improving to 20-6-6 with the win.