BURLINGTON, Vermont -- The University of New Hampshire got two goals from Lanny Gare and held on for a 4-3 win over Minnesota-Duluth Saturday in the opening game of the Sheraton/Howard Bank Hockey Classic at UVM's Gutterson Fieldhouse.
New Hampshire, 9-3-1 overall and ranked fifth nationally, scored first on the power play 5:01 into the first period when Garrett Stafford, who had a goal and three assists on the afternoon, banged in a rebound from a shot from Matt Swain.
The Wildcats made it 2-0 on Lanny Gare's first of two second-period goals at 5:08. Gare's second of the game, and eighth of the season, came at 8:26 of the period to give UNH a 3-0 lead.
Duluth, 1-10-0, got one goal back late in the second period when Drew Otten scored his first goal of the season from right in front. But New Hampshire scored with 29 seconds left in the period on a tally by Darren Haydar, his seventh of the season.
UMD then made a game of it in the third, getting goals from Nate Anderson on the power play 1:06 into the period, and then the Bulldogs pulled to within one on Tom Nelson's goal at 8:58.
Rob Anderson made 36 saves for UMD, while Matt Carney stopped 16 for UNH.
New Hampshire plays MSU, Mankato Sunday at 1 p.m., and Duluth will take on the host Catamounts Sunday at 4 p.m.