~Umile becomes winningest coach in UNH hockey history~
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Sophomore forward Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored four points to lead the No. 8 ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a 6-1 victory against Merrimack College on Wednesday night at Thom Lawler Arena.
Head Coach Dick Umile became the winningest coach in school history tonight with his 348th career victory, breaking the record of 347 wins held by legendary coach Charlie Holt. It took Umile only 15 seasons to accomplish the feat, while it took Holt 18 seasons to accumulate his total.
With only 11 seconds left in the game the 'Cats added a power-play goal from freshman defenseman Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.). Assisting the goal were fellow freshmen forward Brian Pouliot (Hooksett, N.H.) and defenseman Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.).
In the second period, UNH's offensive attack continued to put pressure on the Warriors with a three-goal second period, which included two short-handed goals on the same Merrimack power play. Freshman forward Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) and junior defenseman Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) helped UNH to a 4-0 lead with goals at 14:26 and 13:37 respectively. With under a minute left in the second, sophomore forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) scored his 12th goal of the season. Micflikier and sophomore forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) earned helpers on the goal.
UNH got on the board first with a goal by Micflikier just 52 seconds into the game. Micflikier has scored a goal in his last three games with 10 points during that time. Senior forward Justin Aikins (Surrey, B.C.) netted a goal at 6:37 of the first period to send the Wildcats into the dressing room up 2-0 at the end of the first period.
Winnik posted two assists and three points on the evening and twelve Wildcats tallied a point in the win.
Freshman goalie Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) made his 12th start of the season for the Wildcats, stopping 35 of 36 shots by the Warriors for his sixth consecutive win. Sophomore netminder Jim Healey recorded 34 saves in the loss for Merrimack
New Hampshire returns to action on Saturday, February 19th at Northeastern University. Game time at Matthews Arena in Boston is 7 p.m.