Collins leads comeback with goal, two assists
DURHAM, N.H. - Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) recorded a goal and two assists to lead the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Friday night's 3-1 non-conference victory against Clarkson University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 9-3-2 overall while Clarkson is now 3-10-1.
Trailing 1-0 at the start of the third period, UNH netted three third-period goals to rally to victory. Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) pulled the Wildcats even, 1-1, at 7:24. Collins initiated the scoring sequence with a pass out of the defensive zone to Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.), whose pass across the neutral zone sent Hemingway into the offensive zone alone and he scored on a high wrist shot from the right point.
That trio also combined to give the 'Cats at 2-1 lead at 12:01. Collins won a faceoff from the right circle and Callander tipped the puck back to Hemingway, whose screened shot from the high slot sailed into the net.
UNH was whistled for a penalty with 1:41 remaining. Clarkson called time out and pulled goaltender Kyle McNulty in favor of an extra skater at that time. After UNH cleared the puck from its defensive zone, Collins gloved down the Golden Knights' high entry pass and lifted the puck the length of the ice into the open net at 19:10. CU continued to play with an empty net but could not generate pressure the rest of the way.
UNH goalie Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) made 17 saves while McNulty stopped 37 shots.
Following a scoreless first period in which UNH recorded a 10-7 shot advantage, the Wildcats continued to carry play in the middle stanza but Clarkson netted the only goal of the period at 14:49 to take a 1-0 lead. Chris Blight carried the puck from the neutral zone to the left circle to generate a 2-on-1 rush with Mac Faulkner. Blight's centering pass found Faulkner alone in front and he swept a low shot into the net.
The Wildcats finished with a 40-18 shot advantage, including 16-7 in the third period when they rallied from the one-goal deficit.
New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, December 4 vs. St. Lawrence University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.