Men's Club Hockey: Wildcats make history with championship win

By Parker Wheeler
On March 5, 2014

With a flick of the wrist and a ding off the post, the puck ended up in the back of the net and the UNH Club hockey team stormed the ice in celebration of their first Super East Collegiate Hockey League championship in program history.

The Wildcats defeated four time defending champion William Patterson University 5-4 in OT during the championship game on Sunday, despite being down 3-1 entering the second period.

"Several times this year this team has had their backs against the wall and have found a way to win," head coach Stepehn McIssac said. "None better than this past weekend." 

Late in overtime freshman forward Austin Sprague found open space at the top of the circle and took a quick wrist shot that found its way into the net after deflecting off the post.

"Once the puck left his stick we knew the puck was going in the net," sophomore goaltender Neil Scancerella said.

After the puck was in the net, the pandemonium of a championship victory ensued and the conference trophy was handed to team senior captain Sean Leahy.

"We all 'yard-saled' our gear and pig-piled after Austin Sprague sniped post late in the overtime," Sean Leahy said. "I got called over to the scorer's table to accept the league trophy to bring it back to the team and that moment was absolutely priceless."

Among all the excitement of making UNH club hockey history, it's a quick turnaround for the team in the next few weeks.

On top of winning their conference championship, the Club Cats have also earned a bid to the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Tournament.

This tournament consists of the top 16 teams in the country and is being held March 21-25, in Malborough, Mass. where the Club Cats will look to add a National Championship onto their resume for the 2013-2014 season.

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