DETROIT-The No. 6 ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team defeated Michigan Tech University, 4-3, in the third place game in the final day of the Great Lakes Invitational tournament on Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.
Sophomore forward Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Man.) gave UNH a 4-2 lead just 13 seconds into the final period. Senior defenseman Robbie Barker (Concord, N.H.) fed Micflikier the puck and he beat the goalie high blocker side, for his second assist of the game. Barker registered a career-high three points in the victory.
MTU capped off the scoring to cut UNH's lead to 4-3 when Nick Anderson scored a power play goal with 6 minutes left in the game.
To open the second period, sophomore forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) gave the 'Cats their first lead of the game 3:09 into the period to take the lead 3-2. Hemingway took a wrist shot from the left face off circle and the puck sailed past MTU goalie Cam Ellsworth's left shoulder. Sophomore forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ont.) earned his second helper of the game and Barker also earned an assist on the Hemingway power play tally.
Junior blueliner Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) evened the score for UNH just 12 seconds later (2-2) after its first goal at 7:57, Yandle took a shot from the point and the puck trickled past Ellsworth's pad. Senior tri-captain Justin Aikins (Surrey, B.C.) and Winnik were credited with an assist on the Yandle goal.
Barker got the Wildcats on the board with a slapshot from the high slot on the power play at 8:09 on the opening period. Aikins and freshman defenseman Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.) earned helpers on Barker's fourth goal of his UNH career.
MTU (1-16-1 overall ) opened the scoring and took an early 2-0 lead with goals by freshman forward Tyler Shelast and senior forward Colin Murphy at 3:33 and 7:58.
Freshman goalie Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) stopped 33 shots in the game, including 15 saves in the second period. MTU's Ellsworth notched 28 saves for the Huskies in the loss. UNH went three for seven on the power play, while the Huskies went two for five with a man advantage.
The Wildcats (12-4-2 overall) return to action on Friday, January 7 at Providence College. Game time at Schneider Arena is 7 p.m.