No. 2 New Hampshire men's hockey defeats Connecticut

DURHAM, N.H. -- The second-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team scored three consecutive goals in the second period en route to Saturday night's 3-1 victory against the University of Connecticut at the Whittemore Center.

UNH improved to 9-2-2 overall while UConn fell to 3-8-1. New Hampshire goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) made 22 saves in his collegiate debut and was supported offensively by Mick Mounsey (Concord, N.H.), Joshua Prudden (Andover, Mass.) and Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.), each of whom recorded two assists.

Following a scoreless first period in which the Wildcats generated a 12-5 shot advantage, Michael Hoffman gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead 37 seconds into the middle stanza. Pietrasiak stopped the initial shot by Kurt Kamienski on a 2-on-1 breakaway, but Hoffman trailed late and scored on a slapshot from the left circle.

UNH rallied to take a 3-1 lead before the second intermission on tallies by Andrew Leach (Altamont, N.Y.), Kevin Truelson (Avon, Mass.) and Patrick Foley (Milton, Mass.). Leach tied the game at 10:15 when his one-timer from the top of the left circle beat UConn goalie Jason Carey. Mounsey recorded an assist by circling behind the net and passing off to Leach and Prudden was also credited with an assist.

Truelson, with the assistance of Prudden and Callander, gave UNH a 2-1 lead at 16:48 with a wrist shot from the high slot and it proved to be the game-winning goal. Callander, as well as Mounsey, also set up Foley's tally that extended the advantage to 3-1 with 43 seconds remaining in the second stanza.

UConn called time out with 58.4 seconds remaining in the game. Carey, who finished with 37 saves, was pulled for the final nine seconds but the Huskies could not trim the two-goal deficit.

New Hampshire will face off against Clarkson University on Friday, December 6 at the Whittemore Center. Game time is 7 p.m.

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