DURHAM, N.H.- Despite out shooting its opponent 50-19, the second-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team fell to the Saints of St. Lawrence University, 4-2, in front of a sellout crowd of 6,501 at the Whittemore Center Arena onSaturday night.
UNH (10-3-2) broke the scoreless play at 12:00 of the middle frame. Junior forward Nathan Martz (Chilliwack, B.C.) batted in a bouncing puck shot from the point to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Sophomore forward Justin Aikins (South Surrey, B.C.) and junior defenseman Mike Lubesnick (Chicago, Ill.) were credited with the assists. Just over a minute later, the Wildcats scored again when senior assistant captain Colin Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) potted his 10th goal of the season at 13:24 of the second period. Saints netminder Kevin Ackley committed to senior forward Josh Prudden (Andover, Mass.), who made a clean tape-to-tape pass to Hemingway, who sent it into the empty net. Senior assistant captain Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.) had the second assist.
St. Lawrence (3-11-1) spoiled the Wildcat shutout when T.J. Treveleyan sneaked past defenders and poked it past UNH goalie junior Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.). Adam Hogg and Josh Anderson were given the helpers. Minutes later, the Saints took advantage of a lack luster performance as they netted their second goal of the evening to knot the game at 2-2. Hogg broke into the zone all alone and shot the puck high over Ayers left shoulder. Tony Maci earned his fourth assist on the play.
St. Lawrence would take their first lead of the game, scoring their third goal of the evening while on the power play as Ryan Glenn beat Ayers. The lone assist went to Rich Peverley. St. Lawrence scored an empty net goal with 18 seconds remaining to put the game away 4-2.
Ayers had 14 saves in the loss, while Ackley made 48 stops in the victory.
New Hampshire faces off against the US Select 18 in an exhibition game Friday, December 13. The game begins at 7 p.m.