N. Andover, Mass. — Colin Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) netted a pair of goals and assisted on another to lead No. 6 New Hampshire (2-0-0, 1-0-0) to a 6-3 win over Merrimack (1-2-0, 0-1-0) in North Andover, MA on Thursday night. Darren Haydar (Milton, ONT) added a goal and three assists as the Wildcats rolled to the Hockey East win in front of 2,882 at the home-opener for the Warriors. Anthony Aquino (Mississauga, ONT) scored two goals in the loss for the Warriors. |
UNH dominated play early but it was the Warriors that got on the board first. With UNH holding a 12-0 shot advantage, Marco Rosa (Whitby, ONT) directed the puck straight to Aquino off the draw. The junior then blasted the first shot of the game for the Warriors into the top of the net at the 13:25 mark. The Wildcats tied it up just over a minute later with a short-handed score. Hemingway blocked a Merrimack shot then led Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.) with a pass creating a one-on-one opportunity and Gare beat Merrimack goaltender Joe Exter (Cranston, RI). New Hampshire took the lead for good when Sean Collins (Reading, MA) scored at the 17:29 mark, putting the Wildcats on top 2-1 at the first intermission.
Hemingway gave UNH a two-goal lead 1:27 into the second period. Defenseman Mike Lubensnick (Northbrook, IL) found Hemingway, who wrested one high past Exter. Aquino the cut the lead to one with his second of the game at the 3:18 mark. Defenseman Darren Clarke (Rouleau, SASK) poked the puck away from a Wildcat player straight to the stick of Aquino, who immediately sailed one over the left shoulder of Matt Carney (Bridgewater, MA). But UNH answered, with Haydar scoring his second of the season just 42 seconds later off assists from Collins and David Busch (Toronto, ONT). Ryan Cordeiro (Somerset, MA) kept the host Warriors in it with his third goal of the season at 10:09 in the second period. Ryan Kiley (Reading, MA) and Matt Foy (Mississauga, ONT) assisted on the goal, closing the gap to one again at 4-3. Hemingway closed out the second period scoring with his second of the game at 17:12. Busch put the game away, scoring the lone goal of the final period at the 8:53 mark.
Exter made 41 saves, marking his third straight 40-plus save performance. Carney needed to make only 10 stops as UNH out-shot Merrimack 47-13 for the game.
The Wildcats will travel to Troy, NY to take on Rensselaer in non-conference action on Saturday night. Merrimack will next host Union on Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m. in North Andover.