DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team blanked the University of Massachusetts Minutemen 4-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 6,501 at the Whittemore Center Arena on Sunday afternoon. Senior assistant captain forward Colin Hemingway (Surrey, B.C) had two goals in the Wildcats' win and currently leads the team with nine goals.
UNH improved to 8-2-2 overall and 6-2-1 in Hockey East while UMass is now 5-5-0, 3-4-0.
The Wildcats took the early lead when Hemingway, receiving the draw off the faceoff from senior assistant forward Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.), rocketed a shot pass Massachusetts netminder Gabe Winer, hitting the farside post at 12:21 of the first period.
Sophomore forward Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) put UNH ahead 2-0 early in the second stanza with his second goal of the season. Collecting his own rebound, Callander lifted the puck over the Winer at 3:13 of the period. Junior forward Tyler Scott (Rockville, Md.) was given the lone assist. The Wildcats scored their 10th power-play goal of the season as Hemingway made it 3-0 with soft shot from senior forward Jim Abbott (Mars, Pa.) that found its way between the legs of Winer at 6:59 of the middle frame. Freshman defenseman Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) was given the second assist.
Sophomore forward Justin Aikins (Surrey, B.C.) added to the New Hampshire lead potting his second goal of the season, tapping the puck between the legs of the goalie at 12:47 of the third period. Junior forward Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) and Gare were credited with the assists.
Sophomore goalie Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) made an amazing rolling save on Massachusett's Michael Mullen to protect the shutout. Massachusetts forced a turn over in the Wildcat end, leaving Mullen alone in front of Ayers, and could not put it past the New Hampshire netminder.
Ayers made 32 saves in his fourth career shutout and his second against Massachusetts. Winer made 14 saves in the loss.
New Hampshire will face off against the University of Connecticut Huskies on Saturday, November 30. Game time is at 7 p.m.