Aikins, Winnik both record three points for Wildcats
DURHAM, N.H. - The duo of Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) and Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) twice scored goals within a minute to propel the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 6-3 non-conference victory against St. Lawrence University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH completed the sweep of the ECAC teams from northern New York - the Wildcats recorded a 3-1 win against Clarkson University on Friday night - to improve to 10-3-2. SLU, which also lost at UNH 4-2 in the IceBreaker Tournament back in October, is now 7-9-1.
With the score tied 2-2 in the second period, Hemingway scored his second goal of the game at 9:11 and Winnik (two goals, assist) netted his second goal of the night 19 seconds later to give the Wildcats a 4-2 lead. Hemingway was set up by Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.), who was denied on a breakaway but corralled the rebound and pushed the puck to Hemingway, who fired into an open net. Winnik, with the assistance of Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Justin Aikins (Surrey, B.C.; goal, two assists), scored from the left circle to produce a two-goal advantage.
Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) gave the Wildcats a 5-2 lead at 12:32 when he maneuvered around a defender in the slot and scored. Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta), with the centering pass from behind the net, and Robbie Barker (Concord, N.H.) were credited with assists. Aikins, with the assistance of Winnik and Tyson Teplitsky (Saskatoon, Sask.), netted a power-play goal to extend UNH's lead to 6-2 at 17:37.
Stace Page closed the scoring at 11:32 of the third period.
UNH goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) recorded 29 saves. SLU goalie Mike McKenna stopped 24 shots.
Both teams netted a pair of first-period goals. SLU struck first when Mark Wallman scored from the right circle at 5:54. The Wildcats took a 2-1 lead with tallies 42 seconds apart by Winnik and Hemingway at 8:10 and 8:52, respectively. Winnik scored his game-tying goal on a breakaway, then Hemingway, with the assistance of Collins, put the 'Cats in front on a high shot from the high slot. The Saints evened the score, 2-2, at 13:53 when Simon Watson, standing at the top of the crease, redirected Colin FitzRandolph's centering pass into the net.
New Hampshire returns to action at home Dec. 9 vs. the University of Massachusetts. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p .m. The Wildcats then conclude the 2004 calendar year with a home exhibition against the U.S. Under-18 Team on Dec. 11 (2 p.m.).