DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman goaltender Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) tallied his second career shutout with 29 saves to help the No. 2 ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to a 2-0 non- conference victory against St. Lawrence University on Friday night in front of soldout Whittemore Center of 6,501.
With the win the ‘Cats head into the holiday break with a 12-game unbeaten streak at 11-0-1, the second longest unbeaten streak in the country. UNH ups its record to 13-2-1 overall, including a 10-1-1 mark in Hockey East play. UNH sits atop the Hockey East standings with 21 points. With the loss the Saints drop to 8-7-0 on the season (5-2-0 ECACHL).
The Wildcats scored two goals in the third period just 42 seconds apart in the only scoring of the game. Freshman forward Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.), who won the faceoff on the play, tapped the puck back to junior defenseman Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.) who took a wrist shot from the left point. Saints goalie Alex Petizian made the initial save and Butler streaked towards the net and collected the rebound to beat him to the right side for his fourth goal of his Wildcat career at 4:52.
Senior captain Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.) scored on a breakaway on the power play for his fifth goal of the season at the 5:34 mark of the final period. Ciocco received the breakout pass in the neutral zone from sophomore forward Thomas Fortney (Webster Groves, Mo.) who send the pass out of the ‘Cats defensive zone. Ciocco went in and crashed the net and the puck trickled past Petizian. Senior forward Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) tallied a game-high six shots on goal.
In the opening period, the Wildcats controlled play for the majority of the period with a 17-3 shot advantage to start the game. St. Lawrence then came out strong in the middle stanza posting a 18-6 shot difference in the second period. The Wildcats outshot SLU, 32-29 in the game.
Foster managed 18 saves in the second period and eight in the final frame in his second collegiate start. Petizian was also very solid in the losing cause for St. Lawrence with 30 saves on the night, including 17 in the opening period.