Hemingway scores two goals to propel 'Cats to Ice Breaker title game
DURHAM, N.H. - Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) scored two goals to lead the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 5-1 victory against 12th-ranked Ohio State University in opening-round action of the Ice Breaker Tournament at UNH's Whittemore Center.
UNH (1-0-0) will play St. Lawrence (0-0-1), which defeated St.Cloud State in a shootout of Saturday's first game, in Sunday's title game at 5 p.m. Ohio State (0-1-0) faces off against St. Cloud (0-0-1) in the two o'clock consolation game.
In a game marred by a total of 33 penalties for 80 minutes, UNH scored four of its five goals on the power play. Mark Kolanos (Calgary, Alberta), with the assistance of Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario), gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with a power-play tally at 5:54 of the first period.
The 'Cats carried that one-goal advantage into the first intermission and Hemingway's first power-play goal of the night extended the lead to 2-0 just 27 seconds into the second period.
OSU pulled within 2-1 when JB Bittner struck at 7:59. Sean Collins was credited with an assist on the power-play goal.
UNH regained a two-goal edge, 3-1, on the only even-strength goal of the game, which was scored by Preston Callander (Regina, Saskatchewan) at 16:22. Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.), who also set up Hemingway's first strike, and Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) set up the goal.
The Wildcats led 3-1 through two periods. Hemingway's second goal increased the advantage to 4-1 at 17:25 and Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) recorded his first career point on a goal with 1:16 to play to close the scoring. Andrew Leach (Albany, N.Y.) and Dan Travis (Wilton, N.H.) were credited with assists.
UNH goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) recorded 17 saves, including seven in the middle stanza. OSU goalie Ian Kserich stopped 23 shots, nine of which came in the first period.