Thomas Fortney got the game-winning goal for the Wildcats.
DURHAM, N.H. - Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) recorded 32 saves, including 12 in the first period and 11 in the third, to lead the second-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 2-1 Hockey East victory against Providence College at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 19-4-1 overall and 14-2-1 in Hockey East while PC fell to 6-17-1, 5-11-1.
Providence scored the first goal of the game at 13:44 of the first period as Colin McDonald took the puck up the right boards and passed it to the slot, where Tony Zancanaro redirected the puck to Cody Wild at the left side of the crease and he placed it past Regan gloveside.
In the second period, UNH quickly turned a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead with tallies 59 seconds apart by Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Thomas Fortney (Webster Groves, Mo.) at 4:46 and 5:45, respectively.
Brett Hemingway (Surrey, British Columbia) passed the puck from the bottom of the right circle across the ice to Micflikier, who snapped a wrist shot from the left circle into the upper-left corner of the net to tie the score.
Fortney scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when, standing at the right post, he redirected Brad Flaishans' (Glendale, Ariz.) shot from the right point inside the near post. Greg Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) was also credited with an assist.
UNH had a 5x3 power play for 75 seconds late in the middle stanza but could not capitalize on the opportunity to extend its 2-1 advantage.
PC pulled goaltender Tyler Sims, who also finished with 32 saves (14 in each of the first two periods), with 1:10 remaining in regulation but did not record a shot before being whistled offsides with 28 seconds to play. UNH's defensive effort again kept the visitors from shooting the puck before the 'Cats were called offside with 17.4 on the clock. Providence won the ensuing faceoff and entered the offensive zone along the right side, but Colin McDonald's centering pass from the corner was turned behind the net by a UNH defenseman at the right post with :03 to play.
New Hampshire returns to action next weekend for a two-game series vs. the University of Maine. The teams face off Feb. 2 at Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, N.H.) and again Feb. 3 at UNH's Whittemore Center. Both games begin at 7 p.m.