NO. 4 MEN’S HOCKEY CAPTURES 7-4 WIN OVER NORTHEASTERN
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BOSTON – Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) and James vanRiemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) each recorded a goal and two assists to pace five players with multi-point games as the fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team captured a convincing 7-4 win over Hockey East foe Northeastern University on Friday night at Matthews Arena.

UNH improves 4-0-0 overall 2-0-0 in Hockey East, while the Huskies are now 1-4-0 overall, 1-3-0 in league play. It marks the first time since the 1998-99 season, the Wildcats have opened the season with four-straight wins and the first time since 2003-04 the program has opened with a pair of Hockey East wins.

UNH, which captures its fourth-straight win over NU, is 16-0-3 in its last 19 games against the Huskies.

After Randy Guzior’s goal at 11:09 in the second tied the game at 2-2, senior forward Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) potted a power-play goal that sparked a three-goal eruption. Radja’s goal, his second of the season, was assisted by Fornataro and vanRiemsdyk. Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.) scored just 42 seconds later, while Jamie Fritsch (Odenton, Md.) scored the eventual game winner at 18:33 in the period. For Fritsch, the goal was his second of the season, both proofed to be game winners.

Fornataro kept his scoring streak in tact as he potted a power-play goal at 5:32 in the third to make it 6-2. Fornataro, who owns a career-high four-game scoring streak, has scored five goals over the first four games. The Huskies made things interesting with a pair of late goals just 34 seconds a part that cut it the lead to 6-4. However, vanRiemsdyk tallied an empty-net goal in the final seconds to secure the 7-4 win.

The Wildcats got the scoring started just 2:53 into the first as senior Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.) scored on a one-timer that was fired from the top of the right circle. The goal was setup by a pass from behind the net from freshman forward Danny Dries (Lake Orion, Mich.). Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) scored at 17:04 to make it 2-0. For Thompson, it was his second goal and third point in as many games.

Senior netminder Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) had a season-high 33 saves including 14 in the second period and improves to 3-0-0. NU starter Brad Thiessen falls to 1-4-0 as he allowed five goals in two periods of action, while Mike Binnington a goal during his third-period action.

Seven different players accounted for the UNH seven-goal attack. The seven goals marks the first times since Jan. 6, 2007, the Wildcats scored seven goals in a game.

New Hampshire and Northeastern will square off again on Saturday night for its Hockey East home opener. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at Whittemore Center. The game will be broadcasted live on NHPTV (Ch. 11) and streamed live over the internet at UNHwildcats.tv.

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