DURHAM, N.H. - Brad Flashains (Glendale, Ariz.), Craig Switzer (Peachland, British Columbia) and James vanRiemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) scored third-period goals to break a 2-2 tie and propel the sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday night's 5-2 Hockey East victory against seventh-ranked Boston College at the Whittemore Center. UNH improves to 5-1-1 overall and 3-1-1 in Hockey East, while BC falls to 3-2-4, 2-1-3.
Trailing 2-1 at the start of the third period, the Eagles pulled even at 4:00 on a power-play goal by Ryan Hayes, who redirected Ben Smith's centering pass from the left corner out of mid-air into the net. Joe Whitney was also credited with an assist.
Flashains put UNH back in front, 3-2, at 5:16 when his shot from the right point sailed into the upper-right corner of the net. Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.), with the pass from the left point, and Danny Dries (Lake Orion, Mich.) set up the tally.
Switzer and vanRiemsdyk scored 2:23 apart - at 12:26 and 14:49, respectively - to extend UNH's lead to three goals. Thomas Fortney (Webster Grove, Mo.) curled from behind the net to the left corner and found Switzer inside the left circle, where he settled the puck and fired a shot into the net. vanRiemsdyk's shot from the slot found the back of the net. Fortney and Switzer were credited with assists.
UNH goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) tallied 11 of his 24 saves in the second stanza. BC's John Muse made 12 of his 26 saves in the middle period.
Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 3:14 when his centering pass from the right corner to the front of the net caromed off a BC defender into the net. Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Albera) and Joe Charlebois (Potsdam, N.Y.) were credited with assists.
Greg Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) extended UNH's advantage to 2-0 at 11:51. He carried the puck into the zone at the left point and his initial crossing pass was blocked, but Collins quickly regained possession and advanced to the slot, where he deposited the puck in the net.
Boston College netted the only second-period goal to pull within 2-1. Carl Sneep carried the puck into the offensive zone at the right point and found Andrew Orpik in the slot, where he deked Regan and lifted the puck into the upper-left corner at 11:07.
New Hampshire returns to action at home Nov. 16 (7 p.m.) against Northeastern University. Video of the game will be available online at UNHwildcats.tv.