Callander’s two goals and Yandle’s four assists lifts ‘Cats
DURHAM, N.H. - Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) scored two goals and Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) recorded a career-high four points, all on assists, to lead the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 5-4 non-conference victory against Mercyhurst College at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 3-1-1 overall while MC fell to 0-3-0.
The teams combined for five goals in the middle stanza as MC trimmed the deficit from 3-0 to 5-3. Dave Borelli (two goals) put the Lakers in the scoring column with a shorthanded breakaway goal 21 seconds into the second period. Callander netted his second power-play goal of the night to reestablish a three-goal lead, 4-1, at 3:28.
Scott Champagne (goal, assist), with the assistance of T.J. Kemp (two assists) and Ben Cottreau (goal, two assists), pulled the Lakers within 4-2 at 5:30 on a shot from the right point on the power play. Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta; goal, assist) tapped a loose puck into the net for a Wildcat power-play goal at 8:44 to once again extend the lead to three goals, 5-2. Cottreau's shot from the left point went through a screen for the second power-play goal of the night at 14:51.
The score was still 5-3 when UNH was whistled for a penalty at 19:05. Mercyhurst called time out and pulled goalie Andy Franck to give the Lakers a 5-on-3 advantage. Borrelli, with the help of Cottreau, scored just eight seconds later to pull MC within 5-4 at 19:13.
The Lakers were unable to pull Franck again and the Lakers were called for their 10th penalty of the game with 19 seconds remaining to seal their fate. UNH goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) finished with 23 saves and Franck stopped 45 shots.
The Wildcats quickly took a 1-0 lead on the first goal of the season by Tyson Teplitsky (Saskatoon, Sask.) at 1:47. Mercyhurst goaltender Andy Franck stopped the initial shot from deep in the right circle by Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba; goal, assist) but Teplitsky roofed the rebound from the low slot. Yandle was also credited with an assist.
Callander extended the advantage to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 6:22 when he skated the puck from the left corner to the front of the net and scored on a low shot. Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) and Yandle set up the tally.
UNH netted its third goal in a span of 7:07 when Micflikier, standing in the low slot, redirected the shot from the left point by Brad Flashains (Glendale, Ariz.). It was the first career point for Flashains and Fornataro also assisted.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 5 for its Hockey East opener against Boston University at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester (NH). Game time is 7 p.m.