DURHAM N.H. - Sophomore forward Thomas Fortney
(Webster Groves, Mo.) totaled a career-high two goals
and Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) posted 42 saves
to lead the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire
hockey team to Friday night's 6-0 victory and a sweep
of Providence College in the best-of-three Hockey East
quarterfinal series at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, the top seed of the Hockey East tournament with a
18-7-2 league record, improved to 25-9-2. The Wildcats
advance to next weekend's semifinals at TD Banknorth
Garden in Boston and will face off against the lowest
remaining seed. PC, which finished the regular season
with a 9-15-3 mark in Hockey East, is now 10-23-3.
Regan, who also recorded a 42-save shutout in
Thursday's opening game of the series, finished
Friday's game with double-digit saves all three
periods (16-15-11). He now has three shutouts this
season as well as three vs. PC and six in his career.
Including Fortney, six Wildcats recorded multiple
points. Chris Murray (Dover, Mass.) matched his career
high of three points with a goal and two assists.
Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Mike Radja
(Yorkville, Ill.) both recorded two assists while
Trevor Smith (N. Vancouver, British Columbia) and Matt
Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) each tallied a goal and
PC goaltender Chris Mannix made 18 saves, including
eight in the third period.
Murray, a senior blueliner, gave UNH a 1-0 lead at
7:11 of the opening period when he received the pass
from Radja in the low slot and beat PC's Chris Mannix
to the high blocker side with a wrist shot. Micflikier
also earned an assist on Murray's ninth goal of the
season, which leads Wildcat defensive scorers.
Hemingway scored in his second straight game at 15:41
of the first on a back door goal for his 13th goal in
06-07 to give the 'Cats a 2-0 lead heading into the
first intermission. Micflikier, with the pass across
the crease to Hemingway at the left post, and Radja
were credited with assists.
Fortney added a pair of goals in the second period at
2:55 and 7:44, while Smith gave UNH a 5-0 lead at
13:14 of the middle stanza to cap the Wildcats'
three-goal second period. Smith was charging toward
the Friar net down the side of the right circle and
tipped the Jerry Pollastsrone (Revere, Mass.)
centering pass from the right half board into the net.
Fornataro, with the assistance of Murray and Smith,
closed the scoring at 13:58.
UNH finished the game 3-for-6 on the power play while
PC was 0-for-7. The Wildcats were outshot for the
second straight night, with Providence holding a 42-24