MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team defeated Miami University, 3-1, in the opening day of the Dodge Holiday Classic at Mariucci Arena on Saturday night.
Junior forward Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) sealed the game for the Wildcats in the third period with his sixth goal of the season at 13:46 on a two-on-one breakaway. Freshman forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ont.) and freshman forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) also assisted on the Callander goal.
With the win UNH improved to 11-5-2 on the year, while Miami dropped to 10-7-2.
In the opening period, the Wildcats allowed the first goal at 3:25 by Miami freshman forward Matt Christie, but came back with two straight to head into the locker room with a 2-1 lead. Senior forward Tyler Scott (Rockville, Md.) opened UNH’s scoring with his second goal of the year at 4:04 of the first frame. Scott won a faceoff in the Miami zone and Horst carried the puck behind the Miami goal and fed the puck to Scott in the slot. Junior forward Justin Aikins (Surrey, B.C.) scored UNH’s second goal of the day with a wrist shot from the top of the circle with 14:26 remaining in the first period. Senior forward Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) was credited with an assist on Aikins’ sixth goal of the season.
Senior goaltender Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) made his 15th start for the Wildcats and made 16 saves on the night on 17 RedHawk shots. The Wildcats went 0 for 4 on the power play and 5 for 5 on the penalty kill and outshot the RedHawks 19 to 17.
UNH returns to action in the final day of the Dodge Holiday Classic on Sunday, Dec. 21. The Wildcats will face the winner of Minnesota/Princeton game at either 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. CST.