DURHAM, N.H. --Seniors Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.) and Kevin Truelson (Avon, Mass.) and junior Nathan Martz (Chilliwack, B.C.) each netted single goals and junior Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) turned aside a career-high 44 shots as the third-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team beat No. 1 and defending national champion, the University of Minnesota, 3-1, on Saturday at the Whittemore Center.
Ayers picked up 21 saves in the third period alone as the Gophers were unable to find the back of the UNH net despite being up a man for a total of 6:13 of the final stanza.
Martz scored in the first and Gare and Truelson each scored goals for the Wildcats (2-0-1) in the second. Scoring the lone goal for the Gophers (1-1-1) was Troy Riddle. Travis Weber finished with 20 saves for Minnesota.
The Wildcats take the weekend series with the Gophers after tying Friday night, 5-5
UNH extended its lead to 3-1 in the second period on tallies from Gare and Truelson. Gare's fifth of the season came shorthanded at 11:07 with Robbie Barker (Concord, N.H.) in the box for cross-checking. Senior Colin Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) fed Gare at the red line and Gare moved into the Minnesota zone, beating Weber just over the left shoulder with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.
Truelson made it a two-goal advantage on the power play with 1:29 to go in the second. Junior Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) was credited with the primary assist, slipping the puck accross the front of the Gopher net, where a wide-open Truelson beat Weber with a wrister between the legs.
Martz put the Wildcats up 1-0 early in the first (2:59) on assists from Matt Hoppe (East Lansing, Mich.) and Tyler Scott (Rockville, Md.). Minnesota tied the game up at one apiece at 12:10 on a goal by Riddle with assists from Thomas Vanek and Joey Martin.
UNH opens the Hockey East season at Northeastern University on Oct. 25 (7 p.m.)