BOSTON, Mass. - New Hampshire extended its unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1) and won
its fifth-straight with a 3-1 win over Northeastern on Saturday at Matthews
Arena. Northeastern captain Mike Morris scored his fourth goal in the last
five games but the Huskies couldn't overcome a 3-0 deficit. New Hampshire
got a goal from Kevin Kapstad in the first and goals from Brett Hemingway
and Thomas Fortney in the second period. Huskies goalie Brad Thiessen made
39 saves in the game, including 12 shots on the power play.
The Huskies got the first great scoring chance of the game when Randy Guzior
stole the puck from a UNH defenseman at the red line and took in into the
offensive zone for a breakaway. He shot it from the left corner of the
crease but New Hampshire goalie Kevin Regan made the save on the play. Regan
made 28 saves in the game.
New Hampshire scored the first goal of the game after a faceoff at 16:00 in
the first period. Mike Radja won the faceoff and got the puck back to
Kapstad, a defenseman. Kapstad shot it through traffic from the point to
give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
Hemingway scored 1:03 into the second period to give New Hampshire a 2-0
lead. Thiessen saved a Jacob Micflikier shot and the rebound went to
Hemingway. Thiessen was able to save Hemingway's first shot, but Hemingway
got the rebound back and shot it into the open net. New Hampshire got its
third goal at 11:05 in the second from Fortney. Fortney had just left the
penalty box after a hooking call and was between the bluelines. Brad
Flaishans got control of the puck in the Northeastern zone and chipped it
ahead to Fortney, who scored on a breakaway.
The Huskies pulled within two goals when Morris scored at 14:11 in the third
period. Jimmy Russo won a faceoff in the offensive zone and got the puck to
Kyle Kraemer on the boards. Kraemer passed the puck to Morris at the point
and Morris scored his sixth goal of the season.
Northeastern fell to 2-7-2 overall and 0-6-2 in Hockey East while New
Hampshire improved to 9-2-1 and 7-1-1 in the league.
Northeastern is back in action next weekend with a home-and-home series
against Merrimack. The Huskies host Merrimack on Friday at Matthews Arena
and play the Warriors at Lawler Arena on Saturday. Friday's game will be
broadcast on 890 ESPN Boston and WRBB Radio, 104.9 FM while Saturday's game
will be broadcast on 890 ESPN Boston. Both games begin at 7 p.m.