DURHAM, N.H. - Behind a well-balanced attack, the Unversity of New Hampshire men's hockey team defeated Miami University, 7-2, Saturday at the Whittemore Center.
The Wildcats got goals from six different players in front of a sellout crowd of 6,266. Senior Corey-Joe Ficek (Bedford, N.H.) was the top-scorer for UNH with his first and second goal of the season. Freshman Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) and Nathan Martz (Chilliwack, B.C.) notched their first career-goals also.
The Wildcats move to 4-0-1 on the season while the Red Hawks fall to 1-2-1.
Junior Matt Carney (Bridgewater, Mass.) made 16 saves for the win and freshman Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) had two in his home debut. David Burleigh had 16 saves and David Bowen 19 for the Red Hawks.
After Jake Ortmeyer scored the Red Hawks' first goal at 4:16 of the second, the Wildcats answered with three straight goals to make it 7-1. Ficek scored his second of the night at 4:45 pushing a backhander between Burleigh's pads. Senior Johnny Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) scored his first of the season at 6:18, followed by Saviano's first at 11:29.
UNH's four-goal first period explosion was ignited by sophomore Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.), who notched his fifth of the year, at 9:07. Martz lit the lamp at 12:31. Ficek and Jim Abbott (Mars, Pa.) followed with a pair of goals five seconds apart at 13:43 and 13:48.
Gregor Krajnc had the only goal of the third period at 13:26 on the power play.
Next up for the Wildcats is UMass-Lowell on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.