DURHAM, N.H. - Mick Mounsey (Concord, N.H.) scored a goal and assisted on two others to lead the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 6-1 Hockey East victory against the University of Massachusetts.
The Wildcats, who improved to 17-4-2 overall and sit atop the conference standings at 9-2-2, took a 1-0 lead on the first shot of the game when Josh Prudden (Andover, Mass.) scored 52 seconds into the first period. Prudden skated past the defense inside the right circle and cut to the slot, where he shifted to his forehand and tucked a shot past UMass goalie Tim Warner (32 saves).
Hobey Baker Award candidate Darren Haydar (Milton, Ont.; goal, assist) netted a power-play goal at 7:30 and Mounsey, who set up Prudden's tally, scored 22 seconds later to give UNH a 3-0 advantage.
The Minutemen (7-16-1, 2-11-1 HE) trimmed the deficit to 3-1 before the first intermission on a Peter Trovato goal from the right doorstep at 17:42. UNH regained a three-goal advantage, 4-1, when Patrick Foley (Milton, Mass.) scored at 16:48 of the middle stanza. Prudden and Jim Abbott (Mars, Pa.), who also set up Haydar's game-winning goal, were credited with assists.
Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) upped the lead to 5-1 with the help of Kevin Truelson (Avon, Mass.) and Haydar at 13:15. Foley potted his second goal of the night with 1:10 remaining in regulation to cap the scoring.
UNH goaltender Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) stopped 24 shots to improve to 8-2-0 this season. Backup netminder Tim Collins (Lebanon, N.H.) played the final 2:04 of the game and did not record a save.
With the weekend series sweep - UNH defeated UMass 5-1 on Friday - the Wildcats have a 57-11-4 lifetime record against the Minutemen.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 25 against Boston University at the Whittemore Center. Game time is at 7 p.m.