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New Hampshire Strikes Early in Win Over Princeton

First Meeting of Teams Since 1983

— Meeting for the first time since New Hampshire was in the ECAC back in 1983, the Wildcats downed the Princeton Tigers 6-3 in front of a sellout crowd at the Whittemore Center.

“I was very pleased with the weekend,” New Hampshire coach Dick Umile said. “I thought we beat two pretty good teams, and I was pleased with the overall outcome, and we can enjoy, and have a happy Christmas.”

The Wildcats struck before many of the fans had a chance to find their seats.

After cycling the puck inside the zone for nearly the first minute of the game, Darren Haydar wristed a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that hit the right post. Nathan Martz collected the rebound and slid it past goalie Nate Nomeland (12 saves) for the early lead at the one-minute mark.

Less than 15 seconds later, Tiger forward George Parros broke down the right wing and fired a shot on net, but Matt Carney (24 saves) made a nice pad save to keep Princeton (5-4-3) off the board.

The teams each exchanged scoring chances until Haydar hooked up with Martz again at 8:03. With Dave Bennett in the box for interference and the Wildcats (12-3-3) on the power play, Haydar took a pass down low from Colin Hemingway and fed a pass through the crease to Martz, who was camped out in almost the same spot as the first goal. Martz again just needed to flip the puck into the open net.

“Martz is playing very well,” Umile said. “That line of Martz, [Corey-Joe] Ficek and Haydar had a very good weekend.”

“[Skating with Haydar] makes the game a lot easier,” Martz said. “You just have to find open ice, and he’ll find you. It make’s the game a lot simpler also playing with Corey-Joe.”

Princeton showed some life and generated some good scoring chances on two power plays, but Carney was equal to the task.

The Wildcats struck a third time at 19:14. Lanny Gare collected a pass from David Busch, skated to the left faceoff circle and fed a pass to Matt Swain, who roofed it past a sprawling Nomeland.

The second period saw three goals, all within two minutes of each other.

“I don’t think we skated at all [in the first period],” Princeton coach Len Quesnelle said. “In the second period we tried to jump start [the play] and get the feet moving.”

Princeton got on the board at 12:12 of the period. With Steve Saviano in the box for playing without a helmet and Princeton with the man advantage, Kirk Lamb dropped a pass back to Shane Campbell to Carney’s left. Campbell flipped a shot that ricocheted off of Carney’s glove arm and found its way just under the crossbar.

The Tigers pulled to within one just 58 seconds later. Off a faceoff win by Tommy Colclough, Neil McCann carried the puck along the left side boards and flipped a shot through a screen in front that found the back of the net. The score was 3-2 at 13:10, and the Tigers had found life.

The wind was quickly taken out of the Tigers’ sails just 47 seconds later when Johnny Rogers beat Dave Stathos (11 saves), who relieved Nomeland halfway through the period. Garret Stafford made a nifty play to keep the puck in the zone, and Hemingway fed Rogers, who collected the pass on the doorstep. Stathos made the initial save, but Rogers grabbed the puck and found paydirt, and the Wildcats regained the two-goal lead, 4-2.

Stathos made several great saves, keeping the Tigers in the game, and the second period came to a close with the Wildcats holding a two-goal advantage.

Princeton again pulled to within one at 5:31 into the third period. Josh Roberts collected the puck behind the net, skated out to Carney’s right and held the puck on his backhand. When Carney committed, Roberts skated past him and flipped the backhand into the net. Ethan Doyle assisted on the play with some gritty play behind the net and in the corner to hold the puck down low.

The score was 4-3, but Princeton would get no closer.

Hemingway put the game out of reach at 17 minutes of the period. Rushing up the wing, and with McCann playing tight defense on the forward, Hemingway fired a shot from the faceoff dot that found its way just inside the far post, upping the score to 5-3.

Ficek added an empty-net goal at 19:36, and the Wildcats completed their Ivy League sweep.

Carney got the victory, upping his record to 4-0 in backup duty. Starting goalie Nate Nomeland suffered his first loss on the year, falling to 2-1-1.

“I thought [both of our goalies] did a very good job, all things considered,” Quesnelle said. “We went in knowing we were going to split the two of them. We’re out in Milwaukee [at the Bank One Badger Hockey Showdown] the 29th and 30th and it’s going to be a long time without game time, so we knew we were going to be splitting them.

“UNH is a very quick team up front, and we knew going into the game that they were quick in transition, so if you ever turn the puck over to them, they were quick in transition. We went with five defensemen we thought could log the ice time [because] we’re short on defense, and that was exposed at certain times, especially in the first period”

The Wildcats return to action on Dec. 29 against Dartmouth in the Ledyard National Bank Auld Lang Syne Classic. The Tigers will play Wisconsin in the first round of the Badger Showdown on Dec. 29.

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  • collegehockeyfan

    Congrats Hunwick, you just won the tournament MVP

  • see you on the links

    Karma’s a b-tch Sioux fans. Enjoy the offseason.

    • collegehockeyfan

      can’t say Michigan was the better team… that’s for sure. I’ve said it more than a hundred times, one player can win a game…

      • see you on the links

        North Dakota was the better team. And I actually feel for them. But I don’t have any sympathy for the Sioux fans that trash talked all season.

        • collegehockeyfan

          agreed, even though I’m a Sioux fan. Hard to win a game when you put up a 0 on the scoreboard, dissappointing. Hunwick played out of his mind.

          • UMH

            I have seen maybe one example of a goalie playing that well in a tournament game, and that is Knapp from miami last year against Michigan. Hunwick played like a man possessed tonight and it paid off for michigan in a BIG way. Fantastic game to all the players, and I’m sad to see a goalie as good as Dell be overshadowed in such a way.

        • HRGuy

          Notes from the FF, their trash talk continued right up to Winnett’s goal in the 1st. Not much heard from them after that. And one last comment to the obnoxius siouxage girl and her troll brother, I hope you got a least 5 bucks for your championship ticket, have a nice ride back to great forks.

          • Aircorps41

            Hey HRGuy, agreed! I am a Sioux fan, being from North Dakota, but you will never hear me trash talk. Trash talking is for the young/immature idiots and they DO deserve to be slammed when our team loses and they were mouthing off about it. I wish they would show some class and have true sportsmanship. I would much rather here people say sorry to the Sioux and their fans rather than give it to us, but we deserve it when mouths are opened! Am I bumbed, yes, but this is hockey and Michigan did what they needed to do to win, oh yeah, Hunwick played great!

          • After Further Review

            Great post, Aircorps… every team does have their share of trash talkers. It just seems that UND has more, maybe because hockey is so important to them. I used to cheer for them, even though I am a Hockey East fan (I know, where are the HE teams now?), til more of them seemed to come out of the woodwork and act like jerks.
            I do feel badly because they had a great season, but doesn’t break my heart to see them lose. I will say all of the Sioux fans around me last night, although very loud, ONLY cheered for their team, no trash talk, I appreciate that.
            The refs pretty much let them play which is always what UND claims it wants and they did dominate after the 1st period, but great game for Hunwick.
            What is really kind of sad is all the bashing going on in this blog… which was about a potentially serious injury. I hope Nelson is OK and has a very speedy recovery.

          • Aircorps41

            Hi After Further Review, thanks. I have nothing but respect for all of the other teams out there. It’s all about the players, schools and fans, once being a player myself. But sometimes we can get carried away. Personally I’m not much of a Hockey East Fan, and for good reason, we haven’t been doing too well against you lately. LOL But anyone who rips on the other conferences is just being plain stupid, because in my opinion all of the conferences have power house teams. So to those out there that don’t think so, they don’t understand the idea of sportsmanship and respect.

          • After Further Review

            Well, hopefully HE will be back because I enjoy seeing HE/WCHA and their best teams match up. But you are right, all conferences have their share of top, powerhouse teams.
            I have that same respect for all teams, but many others, from all conferences don’t. All in all, it was a fun FF to watch and it doesn’t sound like Nelson’s injury is too serious, although serious enough.
            See you all next year.

        • B.D.

          Soooo, stating an opinion is trash talking?
          Interesting…..

      • Duh!

        Scoreboard.

  • HockyFan

    Sioux lose and Miele wins the Hobey. Yay!

  • typical Sioux troll

    If only we had the number one seed! We were screwed by the Pairwise! Something something Yale.

    • B.D.

      Please specify.

  • Austin Linebaugh

    go blue baby what excuses do u have sioux fans i sat back and took your posts and just waited to let you see that defense wins championships not offense not superior talent a good system and defense wins 4 to 1 pp advantage and 4 shots on goal on the pp that lossed you guys the game. enjoy your empty 15000 person stadium. GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • collegehockeyfan

      If Hunwick doesn’t show up tomorrow, it will end up the same for the Michigan, trust me, if Hunwick can play like that on Saturday, he will lock up the best performance in NCAA hockey history. Can’t agree on them being the better team though, they got worked all game, as my other post says, one player won this game, but if he doesn’t show up again, its gonna be a light show. Good game Hunwick.

    • Blisteriii

      Host is a dump

      • Josh

        Where is Host?

  • Stonecoldwolv

    Sioux fans we have been there a ton of times. The better team out played the other team in every way and lost. You guys had an awesome team. A walk-on goalie just is playing lights out.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JDGZXFDMDYK6NNRD2QK3DAGXVQ Jason Stanko

    Sad to see anyone get hurt. Hope he recovers well and returns for next season.

    Awesome game. Can’t say Michigan would have won if they opened up on offense but they were the better disciplined team. They pretty much played the same game vs. CC but had the puck for 90% of that game, maybe 40% of this one. They played the role of the underdog well.

    Hope they can make it 4-0 vs. WCHA

  • Where was Frattin?

    Question: Where was Frattin?

    Answer: Showing why I’ve been saying all along he’s over rated and racks up huge numbers against inferior opponents. Again – I refer you all to Exhibit A:

    http://insidecollegehockey.com/inch/2011/03/10/trackler_podcast/

    GO BULLDOGS!

  • Flaca

    LETS GO SCSU…. SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT OWLS WIN THEIR DIVISION….

  • SueeeSue

    Hey college hockey fan. Enjoy the summer. Looking forward to your manifestos using lame statistics to prove UND is better. I hear Dell is already applying for an oil rig job

    • B.D.

      Doubtful since he has plenty of years left.

  • irish

    When do the Sioux play next??? You’re the number 1 team in the nation-do you have a bye?? Please enlighten me!! Maybe we can get the CCHL crew that officiated the Yale-Minnesota-Duluth game to officiate your next game. They’ll provide the incompetence you need in order to win!! Please get the linesman that looks like the Pillsbury doughboy (Tony something) on the game. He’ll make sure he ejects the opposing team’s best player-you’ll certainly have your chance to win. Good luck!!

    • Anonymous

      Really? We’re going to post this stuff on stories about a guy going to the hospital during the game with a back injury? Does anyone on any of these boards have any conscience at all? Pray for this kid, and if you’re not the praying type, just respect what he, and the other players on both teams do on the ice. We’re hockey fans. We have nothing to do with our team winning or losing. Don’t live vicariously. Enjoy the game, and respect the players. If fans of some team have annoyed you, realize they aren’t all like that, and don’t tear the whole team and their fanbase down, because a few idiots left a bad taste in your mouth. Get well, Brock. Hope to see you healthy and playing strong next year.

    • Karl Largen

      Classy guy Irish. Classy guy.

      Hope Brock has a swift and easy recovery, and that he signs pro so the rest of the WCHA doesn’t have to deal with the monster that soon will be Brock Nelson.

  • UM in the SW

    As a Michigan fan, want to wish the young man who was hurt all the best. Our prayers are with him and a safe recovery!

  • Billymbrew

    Hunwick was good. Thats it. All other sioux fan commentary is probably useless.

    • BlueSkies

      No Billy, Hunwick was not good, he was awesome.

      • B.D.

        Concur, he was the number one reason for Michigan victory.
        THe other was that Michigan controlled the slot fairly well, not perfectly (Nor as good as UND did theirs) but adequate to the purpose.

  • Bob

    Hunwick was fantastic…I hope the injured player is ok…Happens all the time in NCAA hockey games… One team out shots the other team but a goalie steals the game… as a matter of fact it has happened a lot to michigan in the past… Today was our day… i hope Hunwick has plays great on sunday because i am sure the refs will give more PP’s to MD…

  • ddddangles

    Our prayers are with you Nels! Thank you for your hard work all season!

  • Been There

    First I hope the Nelson kid is ok then we can talk hockey. UND was by far the best team on the ice, but Michigan had a game plan and carried it out well. They forced UND to shoot the puck in and then beat them to the puck. UND had to put more pressure on Michigan’s D. Can’t understand why UND didn’t take advantage of Hunwick coming so far out of the net instead of shooting right on giving him a clean look at most pucks. Why UND didn’t set up the PP off to the side, fake the shot and use it as a pass to the guy on side and then tip or shoot behind the goalie as he is moving across the net. Give UMD this chance on the PP and its in the net.

  • Jon

    Is there any further word on Nelson?

    • DannyKristo

      They found out that he’s actually a chick. Otherwise, no.

      • B.D.

        The troll is back.

  • BlueSkies

    First, prayers for Nelson’s full recovery. A reminder that in the big picture, it’s just a game.

    At the 2008 Frozen Four in Denver, Michigan and Notre Dame played the second semifinal game. Michigan was the overall #1 seed with 33 wins to that point. It had beaten ND twice in the regular season, and was far and away the more talented team. But Michigan’s goalie (Billy Sauer) had an awful game, and Notre Dame stuck to its defensive game plan and won. So last night was Michigan’s karma. Hunwick (who was a freshman in Denver) played lights out, Michigan stuck to its defensive game plan, and may win its 10th national championship Saturday night. Go Blue!

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