Dec. 29, 2001
MILWAUKEE, WI - The University of New Hampshire (13-3-2), ranked sixth in the country, scored six unanswered goals to break open a 2-2 third period deadlock and defeat Brown (4-6-1), 11-3, in the Championship game of the Bank One Badger Showdown Friday evening at The Bradley Center.
After a late start in the Championship game due to overtime and a shootout in the consolation game, UNH wasted no time in taking a 1-0 lead. Senior Darren Haydar (Milton, ONT), a candidate for the Hobey Baker Award and the nation's leading scorer got the Wildcats on the board just 32 seconds into the contest with his first of six points.
The remainder of the period was scoreless and less than two minutes into the second period, the Bears knotted the contest at 1-1 when sophomore Adam Saunders (Moose Jaw, SASK) got the puck from classmate Brent Robinson (Pointe Claire, QUE) UNH's keeper with a slap shot. The goal was Saunders' third in as many games.
New Hampshire and Brown traded goals the rest of the half, ending with a goal from freshman Mike Meech (Coquitlam, BC), who earned his first career goal at 9:33 of the second. He received the puck from classmate Jarrett Robertson (Kingston, ONT) and was on the doorstep to knock it in, as both teams headed into the third period with two goals.
However, Hayar, the Tournament MVP, made sure to put the momentum in favor of the Wildcats when he scored his second of the game, giving UNH a 3-2 lead just 31 seconds into the final stanza. Behind another goal and two assists from Haydar, the Wildcats scored five goals in a span of 8:26 to take an 8-2 lead with 8:37 remaining.
Junior Tye Korbl (Goffstown, NH) scored his fourth of the season from directly in from of the net at 14:09 of the third for the Bears final goal and UNH added three more before the final whistle. Saunders and freshman Les Haggett (Norwood, NY), who was named to the all-tournament team, each earned assists on the play, Haggett's fourth consecutive game with a point.
For the game, Danis finished with 27 saves in 48:43, while Eklund had 14 saves in 11:17. The Bears continue action next weekend when they travel to Albany, NY to face RPI and Union on January 4th and 5th, resuming ECAC play.
New Hampshire 11, Brown 3
1 UNH Darren Haydar (Sean Collins, Mick Mounsey) 0:32
2 B Adam Saunders (Brent Robinson) 1:37
2 UNH David Busch (Garrett Stafford, Preston Callander) 5:43
2 B Mike Meech (Jarrett Robertson, Nick Ringstad) 9:23
3 UNH Darren Haydar (Sean Collins, Steve Saviano) 0:31
3 UNH Patrick Foley (Jim Abbott, Tyson Teplitsky) GWG 2:57
3 UNH Steve Saviano (Darren Haydar) 5:14
3 UNH Darren Haydar (Colin Hemmingway) 8:43
3 UNH Lanny Gare (Josh Prudden) PPG 10:47
3 UNH Garrett Stafford (Jim Abbott, Darren Haydar) PPG 11:23
3 B Tye Korbl (Adam Saunders, Les Haggett) 14:09
3 UNH Jim Abbott (Garrett Stafford, Darren Haydar) PPG 16:51
3 UNH David Busch (Josh Prudden) 18:51
3 UNH Preston Callander (Tyler Scott, Justin Aikins) 19:55
Total Penalties Powerplays
Brown 7/24:00 Brown 0/3
New Hampshire 4/8:00 New Hampshire 3/6