BOSTON - Senior forwards Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) and Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) each recorded a goal and an assist to lift the No. 8 ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a 5-2 Hockey East victory against Northeastern University on Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
In the second period NU held a 17-7 shot advantage and outshot the Wildcats, 41-28 for the game. Sophomore forward Ray Ortiz added a goal at 7:24 of the final period to cut UNH's lead to 4-2, then with 52 seconds remaining sophomore forward Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored an empty-net goal to seal the win for UNH. Micflikier has scored a goal in his last four games with 12 points during that time (7g, 5a)
In the second period each team scored once, the Huskies cut the 'Cats lead to 3-1 with a goal by Jimmy Russo at 8:26 of the second session and then just 1:30 later, Callander responded with his 18th of the season on a wrist shot from the slot.
The Wildcats exploded for another three-goal period in the opening frame. Sophomore forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) got the Wildcats into the scoring column first at 8:49 after he tipped in a Brian Yandle slapshot from the right point. Collins also earned an assist on Hemingway's team-leading 19th goal of the season. Sophomore forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) sent a slapshot from the high slot to give UNH a 2-0 lead just 50 seconds later at 7:59. With only 30 seconds remaining in the opening period, Collins tallied his 15th goal of the season after he collected a Callander rebound, made a spin move at the goal mouth and shot off his backhand to beat Keni Gibson.
Freshman goalie Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) made his 13th start of the season, including his fifth consecutive start making 39 stops on the night, just six shy of his career best. Regan has won his last 11 consecutive starts, while senior netminder Keni Gibson notched 23 saves in the loss for the Huskies.
The Wildcats swept the season series vs. Northeastern for the second straight year.
With the win, UNH improves to 22-7-3 on the season and 15-3-2 in league play. The Wildcats clinched home ice for the Hockey East quarterfinals for the ninth straight season, the longest current streak of any Hockey East team. UNH remains in first place in the Hockey East standings with 32 points with four league games remaining, including a series with Boston College and Boston University in the final two weeks of the regular season.
The Wildcat men's hockey team returns to action on Friday, February 25 at Boston College. Game time at Conte Forum is 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on NESN as part of the league's "Friday Night Ice" package.