DURHAM, N.H. - Junior Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario) broke a three-all tie at 7:47 of the third to give the third-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team a 4-3 victory over UMass-Lowell in its Hockey East opener Saturday at the soldout Whittermore Center (6,266.)
Haydar's power-play goal, assisted by sophomores Jim Abbott (Mars, Penn.) and Garrett Stafford (Los Angles, Ca.), moves the Wildcats to 5-0-1overall and 1-0 in Hockey East. The RiverHawks fall to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in Hockey East.
Senior Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska) finished with 20 saves for the Wildcats while Cam McCormick turned aside 22 for the RiverHawks. Scoring his first-career goal in the first was sophomore defenseman Kevin Truelson (Avon, Mass.).
Senior Matt Swain (Oakville, Ontario) tied the game, 3-3, late in the first on a power-play goal with 1:14 left. The goal capped off a end-to-end opening period in which Lowell had leads of 1-0 and 3-2 erased, UNH as well, 2-1. Twenty-nine seconds into the game Chris Gustafson scored for the RiverHawks. Truelson tied it at 1:56. Sophomore Abbott put UNH up 2-1 two minutes later at 3:48. Brad Rooney knotted the game at 8:20. And then Geoff Schomogyi put Lowell up by one at 12:26.
After a high-scoring first period in which each team scored three times, neither could net a goal in the second, and the score remained 3-3 until Haydar unloaded a one-timer from the slot on a feed from Abbott.
Next up for UNH is Yale at home on November 3.