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UNH Wildcats top Princeton, complete weekend sweep

Jan. 6—DURHAM — J.P. Turner made his first collegiate point count.

The University of New Hampshire freshman right wing scored the game-winning goal for the Wildcats in their 3-1 nonconference victory over Princeton on Saturday at the Whittemore Center.

The Wildcats (11-5-1), who swept the two-game weekend series with Princeton, finished their season with a 7-3 nonleague record. Their remaining 17 regular-season games are against Hockey East opponents.

Turner, who played in three games before the holiday break and four overall entering Saturday, gave his team a 2-0 lead 4:01 into the second period. From in front of the crease, he put home a rebound of Harrison Blaisdell's shot

Freshman right wing Ryan Conmy provided the insurance goal 8:29 into the third period. UNH captain Alex Gagne, a junior defenseman from Bedford, corralled a loose puck in the neutral zone before dishing a long pass to Conmy, who scored on a wrist shot from the high slot.

Conmy (team-high 10 goals and 12 assists) also notched a goal and an assist in the Wildcats' 5-2 triumph over the Tigers on Friday.

Princeton (6-7-2), of the ECAC, cut UNH's lead to 2-1 on a power-play goal from Brendan Gorman 8:34 into the middle frame. Gorman scored from the right circle off a fake shot and pass from Noah de la Durantaye.

The Tigers, who entered the weekend series with the best power-play percentage in the country (31.6), went 1-for-3 on the power play. They also went 2-for-2 on the man advantage on Friday.

UNH took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission behind a power-play goal from Morgan Winters. Winters, a sophomore left wing, redirected a Nick Cafarelli one-timer from the left circle with 2:40 left in the first period to open the game's scoring.

Winters's goal came after Princeton senior defenseman Mike Kennedy received a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for head-butting.

Winters (five goals, 11 assists) also scored UNH's third goal in its Friday win.

Jakob Hellsten made 16 saves for the Wildcats. The junior transfer also made 21 stops on Friday.

Freshman goaltender Arthur Smith made 23 saves for Princeton.

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