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
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,
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.