SAULT STE. MARIE, MI. — The University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team improved its record to 2-0-0 on the season with a 4-3 victory against Lake Superior State University at the Taffy Abel Arena Friday night.
Despite being outshot in the 40-33 in the contest, the Wildcats were able to come away with the win thanks in part to the strong netminding of junior goaltender Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska). Conklin made a career-high 37 saves on the night, including 21 in the second period to hold off the Lakers.
The Wildcats started off strong and out-shot Lake State 16-5 in the opening period. Freshman Jim Abbott (Mars, Penn.) scored the game’s opening goal on a feed by classmate Patrick Foley (Milton, Mass.). Sophomores Matt Dzieduszycki (Mississauga, Ont.) and David Busch (Toronto, Ont.) also scored in the first period to stake UNH to a commanding 3-0 lead after one.
Senior John Sadowski (Glenview, Ill.) made it 4-0 off an assist from senior co-captain Mike Souza (Wakefield, Mass.) 6:22 into the second period. Lake State notched a power-play goal at 7:42 of the second to cut the UNH lead to 4-1 and added back-to-back shorthanded strikes midway through the third period. With 1:42 left in the game, the Lakers went on the powerplay and pulled their goalie for a 6-4 advantage but could not notch the equalizer.
The two team will square off again Saturday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m.