New Hampshire men's hockey beats Providence, 3-1

DURHAM, N.H. - Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska) led the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a 3-1 victory over Providence College on Saturday, becoming the all-time winningest goalie for the Wildcats with 54 career victories while making 15 saves.

Scoring goals in the second period for the Wildcats were Jeff Haydar (Milton, Ontario), Colin Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) and Josh Prudden (Andover, Mass.).

Conklin surpasses Sean Matile (97-99) who notched 53 career wins in three years with the 'Cats.

The Wildcats (18-8-6, 9-6-5 Hockey East) win their second in a row after going winless their previous five. UNH beat Northeastern on Friday night, 5-2. The Friars drop to 16-9-4 and 10-7-2 in Hockey East. Boyd Ballard had 27 saves for Providence.

The Wildcats took a 3-1 lead after two periods thanks to goals by Haydar, Hemingway and Prudden. Haydar got New Hampshire on the board at 2:29 on assist from Eric Lind (Stamford, Conn.). At 14:11, Hemingway scored on a nifty between the legs wrist shot that beat Ballard to the upper right corner of the net. Prudden made it 3-1 with just five seconds remaining when he caught his own rebound, threw the puck to his forehand and beat Ballard.

In the first, despite outshooting the Friars 11-3, the Wildcats trailed by one on a goal by Devin Rask at 17:53. Rask took a pass from Shawn Weiman at the Wildcat blueline and skated in on a partial breakaway, beating Conklin with a wrister between the faceoff circles.

UNH returns to action on Feb. 16 at Boston College (7 p.m.).

 


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