MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) was awarded the RiverStone Player of the Game, making 43 saves for the Wildcats – two saves short of a career high – lifting the No. 3-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team over Dartmouth College, 4-2, in the sixth annual “Battle for the RiverStone Cup” on Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
The Wildcats improve their record to 17-3-1 while the Big Green drop to 6-8-2. UNH continues to hold a perfect record away from the Whittemore Center with an 11-0-0 record, the best road record in all of college hockey.
Senior assistant captain Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Man.) scored his fifth goal of the season, UNH’s first goal of the game in the second period, beating goaltender Mike Devine gloveside. Shawn Vinz (Rochester, Minn.) made a pass at the bottom of the left circle to connect with Micflikier positioned at the top of the circle, deflecting off his skate past Devine. Dan Rossman (Boxford, Mass.) was also credited with an assist on the goal.
Dartmouth evened it at one apiece with a goal by sophomore forward Kevin Swallow 7:19 into the second period. Freshman forward T.J. Galiardi made a pass from the bottom on the left circle across the crease, connecting with Swallow’s stick to beat Regan gloveside.
During the final frame, senior captain Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J) took a point blank shot, scoring his 50th career point to advance the Wildcats to a 2-1 lead. Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) made the pass from just inside the blueline, connecting with Ciocco’s stick at the top left circle. Sophomore Kevin Kapstad (Boxborough, Mass.) was also credited with an assist on the play.
Senior forward Tanner Glass tied the score for the second time of the night on a power-play goal from the blueline. The puck snuck by Regan, hugging the post on his gloveside. Senior Ben Lovejoy had the assist on the goal.
Kapstad scored the game-winning goal and his third of the season, advancing the Wildcats to a 3-2 lead as he took a slap shot from the left blueline through traffic, soaring just past the blocker of Devine.
Just over two minutes later, Ciocco wrapped the puck behind the net, delivering it in front of the crease to Hemingway who tallied his ninth goal of the season and UNH’s fourth of the evening. Micflikier earned the assist on the play.
Kevin Regan finished the game with 43 saves, 17 in the first and 18 in the third, while Devine earned 24 saves for the Big Green.
New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Jan. 19 against the University of Massachusetts. Game time at the Whittemore Center will be 7:30 p.m., with the game being televised live on NESN. UNH concludes the season series with the Minutemen on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Mullins Center. Game time is 7 p.m.