Minutemen Upended By No. 8 New Hampshire, 8-1
Feb. 11, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of Massachusetts (11-17-2, 5-12-2 Hockey East) fell to New Hampshire on Friday night 8-1 at the Whittemore Center. Senior Tim Warner (Waltham, Mass.) was in net for his seventh start of the season and made nine saves in the game before Michael Waidlich (Millers Falls, Mass.) relieved him in the second. Waidlich made eight saves, while Jamie Gilber (Lewiston, Maine) made two in the final 2:01 of play.
The No. 8 Wildcats got on the board just 4:38 into the game with a goal by Daniel Winnik. The goal was assisted by Robbie Barker and Justin Aikins. UNH would score two additional times in the first, with the 2-0 lead coming on a power play goal by Brett Hemingway while UMass' Sean Regan (South Boston, Mass.) was in the box for holding.
Jacob Micflikier put New Hampshire up by three with his 12th goal of the season, scored at 16:38, from Brian Yandle and Aikens. At the end of one, shots were 8-6 in favor of the Wildcats.
UNH added four goals in the second period--including two by Sean Collins. Mikflikier's second goal of the game at 8:30 made it 6-0. Waidlich came in at that point, but Aikens made it a seven-goal game just 29 seconds later. At the end of the second, shots stood at 18-11 in favor of the Wildcats.
Mikflikier earned a hat trick with his third goal of the night, scored at 3:13 of the third. The Minutemen avoided the shutout when P.J. Fenton (Longmeadow, Mass.) connected on a Craig MacDonald (Canton, Mass.) pass at 4:23. MacDonald's line has accounted for three goals in the past two games.
The game closed with shots 27-16 in favor of New Hampshire. The Wildcats were 2-for-8 on the power play, while UMass was 0-for-3.
The weekend series now shifts to Amherst for Saturday night's matchup at the Mullins Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m.