DURHAM, N.H. – Nate Jackson broke a 2-2 tie at 18:31 of the second period and it proved to be the game-winning goal as the Yale University men’s hockey team upset No. 7 ranked University of New Hamsphire, 3-2, on Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, which recorded a 31-25 shot advantage, is now 11-7-2 and Yale is 6-10-0. The Bulldogs are 2-0-0 vs. the ‘Cats at the Whittemore Center. Yale took a 1-0 lead early in the first period when Vin Hellemeyer wristed a shot from the high slot into the upper-right corner of the net at 4:20. Christian Jensen was credited with an assist as he entered the offensive zone and left a drop pass for Hellemeyer.
New Hampshire tied the score, 1-1, at 10:08 of the opening stanza when Eddie Caron (Hudson, N.H.) scored a breakaway goal by pulling the puck back to his forehand and sliding his shot into an open left side of the net. Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ont.) set up the tally with a pass through the neutral zone.
The Bulldogs regained the lead, 2-1, when a Wildcat turnover in the defensive zone led to Ryan Steeves’ shorthanded breakaway goal at 9:31. UNH netted a power-play goal at 14:25 when Robbie Barker (Concord, N.H.) scored through a screen from the top of the slot. Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.), with a centering pass from behind the net, and Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) recorded assists. Yale took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission when Jackson converted Joe Zappala’s centering pass from the right circle into a goal at 18:31.
UNH’s Patrick Foley (Milton, Mass.) collected a rebound in the slot and fired the puck into the open net with 3:17 remaining in the game, but the goal was disallowed because a Wildcat teammate was whistled for goaltender interference.
The score remained 3-2 in favor of Yale entering the final minute of the game and UNH called time out with 58.3 seconds remaining. Wildcat goaltender Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) was pulled in favor of an extra skater but UNH did not record a shot on goal the rest of the way.
Yale goalie Josh Gartner finished with 29 saves while Ayers made 22 stops.
UNH returns to action Jan. 9 (7 p.m.) at Providence College. The next Wildcat home game is Jan. 10 vs. PC. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.