DURHAM, N.H. (AP)- Darren Haydar scored two goals and added two assists as the New Hampshire (1-0-0) men's ice hockey team defeated Vermont (0-1-0) 7-4 Saturday night to open the season.
Trailing by two goals late in the third period, the Catamounts pulled their goalie in favor of an extra skater leaving an open net for Haydar. He netted his second goal of the night with 19 seconds left in the third period sealing the victory for the Wildcats.
The two teams traded goals with over six minutes into the third period with Ryan Cordiero scoring for the Wildcats and Ryan Fox adding a goal for Vermont. UNH went on to score two more goals by Mike Souza and Haydar for a 6-3 UNH lead.
Vermont's Kevin Karlander scored two goals in the second period to tie the game 2-2 before Mark White fired a shot past Catamount goaltender Andrew Allen for a 3-2 lead.
Wildcat Sean Austin put UNH ahead 2-0 in the second period off an assist from Haydar and White, one of three UNH power play goals. Vermont could not capitalize on power play opportunities as they were 1-8.
The Wildcats got on the board in the first period when Corey-Joe Ficek got his own rebound and put one past Catamount goaltender Andrew Allen for a 1 -0 lead. Souza and Haydar assisted on the power play goal.
Allen finished with 23 saves on the night and Conklin tallied 18 saves for UNH.
The Wildcats will travel to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan next weekend for a pair of games against Lake Superior State