No. 6 UNH men’s hockey surges past Providence, 4-1

Callander records 100th career point on three-point night

Preston Callander

DURHAM, N.H. - Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) recorded three points, including the 100th of his career, to propel the sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 4-1 Hockey East victory against Providence College at the Whittemore Center.

UNH swept the home-and-home series vs. the Friars (2-1 win Friday night at PC) to improve to 14-4-2 overall and 8-1-1 in Hockey East. PC is now 6-12-2, 2-8-2.

With the Wildcats leading 1-0, Tyson Teplitsky (Saskatoon, Sask.) fired a shot under the crossbar from the high slot to extend the advantage to 2-0 at 5:19 of the third period. Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) was credited with one of his three assists in the game when his pass from the right corner deflected off Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.; goal, three assists) to Teplitsky.

Callander, who recorded an assist on UNH's first goal, reached the 100-point milestone with the first of his two goals of the night, which gave the 'Cats a 3-0 lead at 8:28. Collins, with a backhand pass that sent Callander into the offensive zone alone, and Hemingway set up the goal.

PC called time out at that point and trimmed the deficit to 3-1 at 10:33 when Colin McDonald's shot from the high slot sailed into the upper-right corner of the net.

Callander, with the assistance of Hemingway and Teplitsky, netted a power-play goal at 15:43 to reestablish a three-goal lead, 4-1, and close the scoring.

UNH goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) made 10 of his 21 saves in the third period. Providence's David Cacciola was credited with 28 saves, including 11 in the final frame.

Following a scoreless first period in which UNH recorded an 8-7 shot advantage, the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal with 57 seconds remaining in the middle stanza. Collins' shot from the left circle deflected off the left shin of Hemingway, who was standing at the top of the crease, into the net.

Minutes earlier, Teplitsky nearly gave the Wildcats the lead when his shot from the left circle caromed off the near post and the puck trickled across the goalmouth before being cleared behind the net by the PC defense.

New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 12 vs. Dartmouth College in the 4th Annual Battle for the Riverstone at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester (N.H.). Game time is 7 p.m.

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