DURHAM, N.H. -- In the first of a crucial two-game weekend set between two of Hockey East's top teams, No. 2 New Hampshire held serve, getting a pair of goals from Colin Hemingway (Surrey, British Columbia) and 27 saves from goaltender Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) on its way to a 6-1 victory Friday night in front of 6,501 at the sold-out Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 18-4-2 (10-2-2 Hockey East) and increased its lead over the Terriers (14-6-2, 8-4-2) in the standings to four points. The two teams, which battled to a 1-1 tie in Boston back on Nov. 4, conclude their season-series Sunday night at Walter Brown Arena.
UNH entered the contest with the nation's No. 1 offense (4.91 goals per game) and got all the scoring it would need in the first period. Hemingway staked UNH to a 1-0 lead at 7:57 when he intercepted a pass at the BU blueline before skating in on Fields and beating the Terrier netminder top shelf for his 18th goal of the year. The junior winger notched his 19th of the season two minutes later when he took a Josh Prudden (Andover, Mass.) cross-ice pass in stride behind the BU defense and beat Fields for a 2-0 UNH advantage. Freshman Tyson Teplitsky (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) made it a 3-0 Wildcat lead with just under a minute remaining in the period with his third tally of the year.
BU closed to within two on a 5-on-3 power play goal by Brian McConnell at 7:21 of the second period but UNH erased any hopes of a comeback when senior David Busch (Toronto, Ontario) deflected in an Ed Caron (Hudson, NH) wrister for a 4-1 lead at 11:49. Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) added his sixth goal of the year when he hammered home his own rebound at 19:18 for a 5-1 cushion.
Senior captain and Hobey Baker candidate Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario) added a goal in the third to move into a tie with former Wildcat Mark Mowers for fourth-place on UNH's all-time scoring list. Haydar also tied 1999 Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog for third on the school's career goals list (94) and moved into a tie with BU's Clark Donatelli for 23rd on the Hockey East career points list. Haydar, who also extended his career-best point scoring streak to 16 games, leads the nation with 23-31-54 this season and has career totals of 94-103-197.
Prudden, Lanny Gare (Vernon, British Columbia) and Concord's Mick Mounsey each had two assists for UNH. Fields made 19 saves in two periods for BU before giving way to Jason Tapp, who made five saves in the final period. Ayers picked up his ninth victory of the year in net for UNH and has allowed just three goals over his last three outings, all wins.
Sunday night's game, scheduled for a 7 p.m faceoff, will be televised live by Fox Sports Net New England, which is also airing the Providence-Boston College game earlier that day .