DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team defeated Brown University, 11-3 in the championship game of the Bank One Badger Showdown in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Senior captain Darren Haydar (Milton, Ont.) took home MVP honors after scoring a career-high 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists), to help the 'Cats offense to a nine-goal third period explosion. Haydar also had a goal and two assists in Thursday's 6-2 win over Colorado College in the first game of the tournament.
Haydar's six points tonight moves him into sole possession of the national scoring lead with 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists). Haydar record his fourth career hat trick and he extends his point scoring streak to 10 games which dates back to November 17 game vs. Providence. Haydar has 35 points in his last ten games played and he has scored three points or more in six of his last seven games played.
The last time a UNH team scored 11 goals was November 8, 1997 in an 11-4 win over Merrimack College at the Whittemore Center.
Sophomore assistant captain Patrick Foley (Milton, Mass.) scored the game-winner 2:57 into the third period. UNH then scored four straight goals after Foley's tally and added three others after Brown's lone third period goal. With the win the Wildcats are now 13-3-2 overall, while Brown drops to 4-6-1 with the loss.
The Bank One Badger Showdown All-Tournament team consisted of four Wildcats. Haydar, Junior defenseman Garrett Stafford (Los Angeles, Calif.) sophomore defenseman Mick Mounsey (Concord, NH) and freshman forward Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) made up two thirds of the All-Tournament team. Les Haggert from Brown was the second defenseman and Wisconsin goaltender Scott Kabotoff rounded out the Badger Showdown All-Tournament team. Stafford posted one goal and two assists, while Collins recorded two assists on Haydar’s first two goals.
Sophomore goaltender Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) made 17 saves for the Wildcats, while Brown netminder Yann Dennis and Brian Eklund recorded 27 and 14 saves respectively. The Wildcats went three for six on the power play and outshot the Bears 52-20, including 25-6 in the third session. The 52 shots by the Wildcats were a season-high and UNH has scored a power play goal in its last seven contests.
UNH returns to action at home on Thursday, January 3 vs. Yale at the Whittemore Center. Game time is 7 p.m.