Winnik’s first career hat trick leads Wildcats
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) recorded his first career hat trick to lead the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Friday night's 4-3 Hockey East victory against Boston University at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
UNH - now 4-1-2 at the Verizon Wireless Arena, including 4-0-2 in regular-season games and 2-0-1 vs. Hockey East opponents - improved to 4-1-1 overall and 1-0-0 in the league. BU is 3-3-0, 2-1-0.
With UNH leading 3-2 at the start of the third period, the Terriers tied the score at 2:48 when Brian McConnell's shot from the low slot hit UNH goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and trickled across the goal line. John Laliberte and David Van der Gulik were credited with assists.
The Wildcats took their third lead of the night, 4-3, on Winnik's third goal of the night at 8:32. Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.; goal, assist) initiated the scoring sequence from the right circle, where his centering pass hit Winnik between the circles and he fired a shot into the net. Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) was credited with his second assist of the night on the play.
BU called time out with 2:24 remaining when UNH was whistled for a penalty. Goaltender John Curry was pulled with 55 seconds remaining to give the Terriers a two-skater advantage for 31 seconds. The Wildcats successfully killed off that power-play, however, and held on for the win.
Pietrasiak finished with 21 saves, including 11 in the first period. Curry made 12 of his 23 saves in the middle stanza.
Both teams netted a pair of power-play goals in the first period as they skated to a 2-2 tie. UNH took a 1-0 lead at 4:40 when Hemingway snapped a shot into the open left side of the net from inside the left circle. Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.), with a crossing pass from the right dashers, and Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) set up the tally.
BU went in front 2-1 by capitalizing on consecutive Wildcat penalties. Just six seconds after the Terriers gained a 5x3 advantage, Chris Bourque, with the assistance of Kenny Roche, fired a high shot from the left point into the net at 13:04. John Laliberte scored 49 seconds later to give the Terriers a 2-1 advantage. Peter MacArthur and Kevin Schaeffer were credited with assists.
New Hampshire pulled even, 2-2, at 16:23 when Winnik converted a Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) centering pass into a goal. Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) was also given an assist.
UNH regained the lead, 3-2, with the only goal of the second period when Winnik and Michael Hutchins (Wolfeboro, N.H.) combined to produce a 2-on-1 breakaway goal at 16:04. Hutchins, who carried the puck into the right circle and feathered a pass across to Winnik and his one-timer found the back of the net.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 7 (2 p.m.) at the University of Maine. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 12 vs. Providence College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.