New Hampshire hockey blanks BU, 3-0

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team shut out Boston University 3-0 on Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd of 6,501 at the Whittemore Center Arena. Seniors Colin Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) and Jim Abbott (Mars, Pa.) each had two points to help the 'Cats effort. The win places New Hampshire (17-5-3, 11-3-1 HE) in a three-way tie for the top spot in Hockey East along with Maine and Boston College. BU leaves town with a record of 14-10-2 overall and 8-8-0 in Hockey East play.

After a scoreless first period, Hemingway broke the tie at 5:34 of the second period while the Wildcats had a two man-advantage. Abbott and senior defenseman Garrett Stafford (Los Angeles, Calif.) assisted on the play. Just over ten minutes later at 16:29, sophomore Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) recorded his thirteenth goal of year to give UNH a two goal lead. Sophomore Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) and junior Mike Lubesnick (Chicago, Ill.) were credited with the assists.

In the third period, New Hampshire took advantage of a bench penalty assessed to BU for delay of game as Hemingway scored his second goal of the evening at 11:01. Sophomore Preston Callander and Abbott had the helpers.

Junior goaltender Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) earned his fifth shutout of the season and sixth of his career with the win over BU, tying Ty Conklin's single season record set in the 2000-01 season. Ayers had 37 saves for the win, while Boston's Sean Fields had 25 in the loss.

The Wildcats face off against interstate rivals, the Maine Black Bears on Saturday, February 1 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

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