BostonBruins.com - Jack Becker and John Beecher combined for three of the University of Michigan's four goals as the Wolverines topped the University of New Hampshire, 4-1, on Friday night. Beecher opened the scoring on the power play for the Wolverines, putting home a rebound to even the score at one in the first period.
"We've had a little bit of a rough stretch just putting pucks in the net," Beecher said via Michigan's Twitter feed. "It feels good, on the power play especially, to get those guys going. That was really important for us."
The Bruins' first-round draft pick (30th overall) in 2019 has been heating up over the past two weeks. Beecher has scored three goals in his last three contests and has four points (three goals, one assist) in his last four games.
After a Cam York goal late in the first period gave the Wolverines a 2-1 lead, Becker extended the lead to two near the midway point of the second. Becker received the puck at UNH's blue line immediately after stepping out of the penalty box, before entering the offensive zone and firing a wrist shot past Mike Robinson.
Becker, a seventh-round selection (195th overall) by the Bruins in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft started the season with four points (three goals, one assist) in his first four games and has tallied one goal and one assist for two points in his last three contests. Now a junior at Michigan, Becker has skated in 81 career games, scoring 18 goals and adding 18 assists for 36 points.
After 30:55 of scoreless action following Becker's goal, Beecher closed the game out for the Wolverines with his second goal of the night. Defending in his own zone, Beecher poked the puck off the stick of a Wildcats defender before streaking up the left boards and putting the puck into the empty net for his second goal of the evening.
The freshman forward has scored four goals and added four assists for eight points in 13 games this season.
"We're happy to walk away with a win and we've got to come back tomorrow night and get the job done," said Beecher.