Winnik leads ‘Cats with two goals, assist
DURHAM, N.H. - Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) recorded two goals and an assist -- all in the third period -- to lead the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire hockey team to Saturday night's 6-1 victory against the University of New Brunswick in an exhibition game at the Whittemore Center.
With the game tied 1-1 at the start of the third period, a Wildcat surge of three goals in 5:49 gave UNH a 4-1 lead. Winnik scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when, standing at the left post, he redirected Craig Switzer's (Peachland, B.C.) pass from the right point into the net at 2:44. On a delayed penalty against New Brunswick, Brad Flashains' (Glendale, Ariz.) shot from the left point was deflected to Andrew Leach (Albany, N.Y.) in the low slot, and he shot the puck into an open net to give UNH a 3-1 lead at 7:10. Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored the Wildcats' second power-play goal of the game 1:23 later when he redirected a pass from Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) from the top of the crease under the crossbar.
Winnik upped the advantage to 5-1 at 15:27 with the assistance of Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.; two assists) and Micflikier and Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) capped the scoring with 21 seconds remaining on a breakaway goal set up by Flashains.
UNH starting goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) recorded seven saves in 29:19 of action. Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) played the final 30:41 and was credited with four saves. UNB goalie Reg Bourcier stopped 44 shots.
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at 4:48 of the first period on a power-play goal by senior defenseman Michael Hutchins (Wolfeboro, N.H.), who fired a shot from the right point through a screen in front.
UNH led by that one-goal margin when the Varsity Reds tied the score, 1-1, at 3:04 of the middle stanza. Robert Pearce's initial shot from the low slot went wide of the left post but he gathered the rebound and was denied at the right post only to once again control the rebound and score.
New Hampshire opens the 2005-06 season Oct. 14 against Ferris State at the Maverick Stampede, which is at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Wildcats' home opener is Oct. 21 vs. North Dakota. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 8 p.m.