DURHAM, N.H. -- Goalkeeper Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) allowed one goal on 26 shots to earn his second win of the season and Lanny Gare (Vernon, British Columbia) assisted on all three goals as the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team defeated Ohio State, 3-1 in the Dodge Dealers of New England Conference Classic on Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.
Ayers, making his fourth start of the year, held the Buckeyes scoreless until the 10:35 mark of the third period when R.J. Umberger got behind the UNH defense and beat Ayers top-shelf for his team-leading sixth goal of the year.
Gare, meanwhile, had helpers on all three Wildcat goals, two of which came with the man-advantage. UNH finished the game 2 for 5 on the power play.
UNH (6-2-2) controlled play throughout the first period, outshooting the Buckeyes, 24-7. The Wildcats tallied the only goal of the stanza while on the power play when sophomore winger Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) poked home a rebound at 2:56 for his second goal of the season.
UNH increased its lead to 2-0 at 16:20 of the second period, once again on the power play. Junior Colin Hemingway (Surrey, British Columbia) broke into the zone on a 2-on-1 with linemate Josh Prudden (Andover, Mass.) flanked to his left. Hemingway (two assists) had his backhand shot kicked away by Ohio State goalkeeper Mike Betz, but the rebound went to Prudden camped on the far post, and the junior centerman shoveled it in for his fourth tally of the season.
The Wildcats had more shots on the power play (16) after two periods than the Buckeyes had in total shots (15) over the same span. UNH outshot Ohio State (7-3-1) for the game, 48-26.
UNH's lead increased to 3-0 in the third period on a Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario) goal at 15:44. Gare, skating through the slot, found a cutting Haydar to his left. The senior captain's initial shot was stopped by Betz, but Haydar followed his rebound and scored to notch his sixth of the season.
Betz finished with 45 saves for the Buckeyes.
The Dodge Dealers of New England Conference Challenge concludes tomorrow (11/25) with two more matchups. Ohio State takes on Vermont at 3 p.m. while Denver battles UNH in a clash of Top 10 teams in the tournament finale at 6 p.m. Denver beat Vermont, 4-1 in the opening game of the tournament earlier on Saturday.