BOSTON - Freshman blueliner Jamie Fritsch (Odenton, Md.) scored a career- high three points, including the game-winning goal with 11:59 remaining to lead the UNH men's hockey team to a 7-4 victory against No. 5 Boston University, halting their 11 game winning streak on Friday night at a sold-out Agganis Arena.
The fifth ranked Terriers fall to 18-9-2, 14-7-1 HE, while the Wildcats improve to 16-10-5, 12-6-4 in Hockey East play. UNH is currently tied for third in the Hockey East standings with 28 points, along with Providence College. UNH is now 2-0-1 all-time against BU at Agganis Arena.
Fritsch scored UNH's fifth goal of the game to give the 'Cats their first lead of the game on the power play with a slapshot from the left point. Junior forward Daniel Winnik (Mississagua, Ont.) and sophomore defenseman Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.) setup Fritsch's third goal of the season.
Junior forward Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.) scored UNH's first penalty shot goal of the season with 9:02 remaining and junior forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) added an empty-net goal for his 16th of the season with 1:18 to play in the game to seal the game for the Wildcats.
Freshman forward Trevor Smith (N. Vancouver, B.C.) scored a career-high two goals to lead the Wildcats after falling behind 3-0 early in the first period.
Smith's first goal, at 3:01 of the first, was a rebound from off a shot from freshman forward Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.). Fristch also earned an assist on the first goal of the game.
UNH evened the game at 4-4 on a goal by freshman forward Thomas Fortney (Webster Groves, MO.) who deflected a shot from Flaishans at 7:01 of the third period.
Winnik earned his 12th goal of the season with a power-play goal at 6:18 of the second period. Senior captain Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) passed set up Winnik in front of the net with a hard pass from the right point. Yandle got the puck from Fritsch on the opposite point.
UNH had limited chances in the first period, but freshman forward Trevor Smith scored his fifth goal of the season to get the Wildcats on the board. Smith fired a rebound shot from in front of the net, which went high over the shoulder of BU goaltender John Curry.
Sophomore goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) made his 37th career and his fourth career start vs. the Terriers, making 28 saves in his sixth victory of the season. Regan posted 12 saves in the opening period. Curry tallied 22 saves in the losing cause for Boston U., including 10 stops in the second period. BU outshot the Wildcats, 32-29 and UNH went 2 for 6 on the power play, while the Terriers went 1 for 6 with a man up.
The UNH men's hockey team returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 18 to finish off the season series with Boston University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by New Hampshire Public Television, ESPNU and the NHL Network in Canada.