DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team scored three straight goals in the third period to break a one-all tie, as the Wildcats downed Providence, 4-1, at the Whittemore Center on Saturday night.
Sophomore Garrett Stafford (Los Angles, Calif.) netted the game-winning, power-play goal at 10:40 on an assist from junior Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario). Senior Johnny Rogers (Etobicoke, Ont.) followed two minutes, 15 seconds later with his second of the season. Freshman Mick Mounsey (Concord, N.H.) finished off the scoring with his first career goal at 17:10.
Senior Jeff Haydar (Milton, Ont.) also scored his first career goal, putting the Wildcats up 1-0 at 9:28 of the first.
Senior Ty Conklin, who had a shutout until 7:26 of the third, turned aside 20 shots for UNH. Nolan Schaefer made 29 saves for the Friars.
The win for the Wildcats, who played in front of a home sellout crowd for the 13th consecutive game, breaks a three-game losing streak and moves them to 2-2 in Hockey East, 6-3-1 overall. The Friars (5-2-1 overall, 2-1-1 Hockey East) lose their first Hockey East game.
With 10:37 to play Providence broke Conklin’s shutout bid, as Devin Rask scored on the powerplay. Fifty-one seconds later, Stafford answered Rask’s power-play goal with one of his own.
Sophomore Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.) missed a chance to put the Wildcats up 2-0 late in the second when he hit the crossbar.
UNH is at Boston University on Nov. 17 and will play Boston College the following night at The Heights.