DURHAM, N.H.-The University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team boasted a pair of Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week selections, as the Wildcat goaltending tandem of Matt Carney (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska) led the team to a pair of impressive Hockey East road victories this past weekend.
In the 2-1 win at Boston University on Friday night, Carney stopped 29 of 30 BU shots, including 14 in the third period to put together his finest performance of his Wildcat career. Carney, who has been a backup behind Conklin for the past two seasons, was the beneficiary of his first career Hockey East start and earned his third overall career victory.
Conklin, a top candidate for the Hobey Baker Award, was the key to the 4-1 win vs. the Eagles, as he recorded 37 saves and allowed just one goal, as he has done in each of his last two starts. What makes his 37 saves even more amazing is the fact that Boston College had been averaging 5.1 goals per game before losing to UNH on Saturday. The Eagles also have posted six games where they have scored five goals or more and notched a team-high nine tallies vs. UMass-Amherst. The Wildcats also handed BC its first Hockey East loss of the season.
In 12 all-time occurrences where UNH played BU and BC on back-to-back nights, this weekend's sweep was the first time the Wildcats have come away with a pair of victories.
UNH (8-3-1, 4-2-0 HE) is riding a three-game winning streak and will return to action this weekend at the Sheraton/Howard Bank Hockey Classic in Burlington, Vt. The Wildcats will play Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday at 1 p.m. and MSU-Mankato on Sunday at 1 p.m.