DURHAM, N.H. -- Senior captain Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario) scored his third goal of the game with 2:34 remaining in overtime as the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team defeated Boston College with a dramatic 5-4 victory Friday night in front of 6,501 at the Whittemore Center.
Haydar took a cross-ice feed from freshman Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) at the BC blue line, shook of an Eagles defender and slid the puck through the legs of goalie Matti Kaltiainen for his team-leading 10th goal and in the process gave the Wildcats sole possession of first-place in Hockey East. The hat trick was the third of Haydar's career and his first since scoring three against Minnesota-Duluth Nov. 26 of last season. Sophomore Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) also assisted on the game-winner.
UNH (8-2-2, 5-1-2) now leads UMass-Lowell, which hosts Boston University Saturday night, by two points in the Hockey East standings. Boston College, which had won five straight contests entering the game, falls to 7-5-1 and 3-3-0 in league play. The Wildcats held a 4-1 lead after two periods, having limited the Eagles to 16 shots during that span, but saw BC score three straight goals in the third to knot the game at 4-4.
BC's Ben Eaves (one goal, one assist) began the comeback at 3:54 of the third period when he capitalized on a Wildcat defensive miscue in the UNH zone to make it a 4-2 game. The Eagles cut the deficit to one at 7:28 on Brett Peterson's first goal of the season. BC tied it at 4-4 when Tony Voce notched his team-leading ninth of the year with 5:52 remaining in the third. BC, which was limited to 16 shots through the first two periods, had 15 on Wildcat netminder Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) in the third. Ayers finished with 29 saves for UNH.
Following a 1-1 first period, the 'Cats scored three times in a span of 3:27 to grab a 4-1 advantage. Haydar started the barrage when he batted a bouncing back past Kaltiainen (27 saves) at 9:12 of the second period with UNH on the power play. Haydar tallied his second of the night just 1:14 later off an assist from defenseman Kevin Truelson (Avon, Mass.) to make it 3-1. UNH's lead increased to 4-1 at 12:39 of the period on junior defenseman Garrett Stafford's (Los Angeles, Calif.) second goal of the year. Stafford finished with a goal and assist.
BC began the scoring at 10:27 of the first period on a goal by Ryan Murphy. The Eagles' Ned Havern slid a soft centering pass that Ayers tried to bat away. The clearing attempt went right to Murphy, who slid it past the sophomore goalie. UNH tied it at 12:14 of the period on a goal by junior Colin Hemingway (Surrey, British Columbia). Hemingway (one goal, one assist) took a drop pass from Haydar just over the blue line, skated to the high slot and beat Kaltiainen high with a slap shot.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday night (12/1) against Maine at the Whittemore Center. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m