DURHAM, N.H. -- Senior forward Jim Abbott (Mars, Pa.) and sophomore forward Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) each tallied three points, both tying career highs, as No. 2 University of New Hampshire defeated Clarkson University, 5-2, in non-conference play Friday night at the Whittemore Center Arena.
The Wildcats (10-2-2) took the early lead at 2:29 of the opening frame, scoring their 11th power play goal of the season. Junior forward Nathan Martz (Chilliwack, B.C.) potted his fifth of the season when he knocked the puck past Clarkson netminder Mike Walsh. Sophomore forward Justin Aikins (South Surrey, B.C.) and junior defensemen Tim Horst (South St. Paul, Minn.) were given the helpers. The Golden Knights (4-7-1) knotted the game at 1-1 when Jay Latullippee beat New Hampshire netminder Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) for his fourth goal of the season at 4:38. Chris Blight and Mac Faulkner assisted on the play.
Abbott scored his third of the season, lifting the puck over the shoulder of the Golden Knights goalie and giving the Wildcats a 2-1 with 4:14 remaining on the clock in the opening stanza. Sophomore forward Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) and Callander were credited with the helpers.
New Hampshire continued to see scoring from all lines and increased its lead to 3-1 at 4:36 of the middle frame. Callander, who centers the third line, earned his second point of the night and scored his third goal of the season when he threaded the puck over Walsh's left shoulder from high in the slot. Abbott and junior defensemen Mick Mounsey (Concord, N.H.) were credited with the assists. Later, Callander scored his second of the game - and of the period -- at 15:42, feeding a pass from senior assistant captain Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.) past Walsh down low. With the two goals and an assist, Callander extends his point-scoring streak to five games, accumulating eight points, (3-5-8).
The Wildcats extended their lead to 5-1 over the Clarkson Golden Knights as they scored their second power play-goal of the evening at 8:48 of the third period. Abbott rocketed a shot from just inside the blueline past Walsh. With the goal, Abbott totaled three points on the evening, marking the 4th time in his career his has record three points in a game.
Clarkson's Chris Bahen scored to cut the lead by three, 5-2. Rob McFeeters and Kevin O'Flaherty had the assists.
Ayers made 29 saves in the victory while improving his record to 9-2-2. Clarkson's Walsh had 29 in the lost.
New Hampshire faces off against St. Lawrence University tomorrow night, Saturday, December 7 at the Whittemore Center Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m.