LOWELL, Mass. - Sophomore forward Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) posted two goals as the No. 7 ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was defeated by UMass-Lowell, 6-3 in Hockey East play on Saturday night at Tsongas Arena.
Freshman defenseman Kevin Kapstad (Boxboro, Mass.) earned his first collegiate point in his first game as a Wildcat with an assist on Radja's second tally.
Senior captain Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) scored his second goal of the season with a slap shot from the left point at 2:17 of the third to bring the Wildcats within two goals (5-3). Junior forwards Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) and Jacob sMicflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) were credited with the assists.
With the loss, UNH drops to 7-4-1 overall, 6-2-0 in Hockey East, while the River Hawks up their record to 4-7-0 and 3-5-0 in league play.
"They out played us. We didn't capitalize on the power play. We had our chances, but they just beat us tonight," said UNH Coach Dick Umile.
Radja got the game scoring started with a power play goal at 3:54 of the first period. Radja got the puck from junior Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.) and skated in to beat UML goalie Peter Vetri. S
ophmore goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) was credited with a season high 38 saves, including 17 in the first period. Vetri stopped 33 shots in the win for UMass-Lowell.
UMass-Lowell finished the game 3 for 7 on the power play. UNH went 2 for 9 with a man up. The two teams combined for 30 penalties accounted for 98 minutes. UML's Bobby Robins scored two goals while four other skaters scored for the River Hawks including Mark Pandolfo, Grant Farrell, Jason Tejchma, and Mark Roebothan.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Nov. 27 vs. Northeastern University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 1 p.m. Note: This game was originally scheduled for Nov. 26 (7 p.m.).