NO. 8 MEN'S HOCKEY RALLIES PAST NO. 5 MASSACHUSETTS, 3-2
Box Score
AMHERST, Mass. – Trailing 2-1 with under eight minutes remaining, the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team potted a pair of late goals to capture a critical, 3-2, come-from-behind win over Hockey East foe No. 5 Massachusetts on Friday night at Mullins Center.

The Wildcats improve to 12-6-1 overall record, 8-4-1 in Hockey East play, while the Minutemen are now 9-4-5, 4-3-4. UMass drops its first home game this season.  

In the third period, UNH opened the period down two skaters as they were called for three penalties as time expired in the second. The Wildcats were able to kill the 5-3 and an ensuing 5-4 opportunity to open the period. UNH finally netted the equalizer at 12:27 when Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.) scored from the right point. Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) and James vanRiemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) were credited with assists. The ‘Cats scored the game-winner just a few minutes later Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) scored the on an odd-man rush from the right-side of the net. Matt Fornataro (Glendale, Ariz.) passed the puck to Danny Dries (Lake Orion, Mich.), who feed Radja at center-ice for the tally.

The Minutemen got on the board first as Patrick Dineen potted his first collegiate goal in his first game of the season. Dineen’s goal came off a turnover in the neutral zone. Alex Berry and Will Ortiz were credited with that goal that came just 2:54 into the game. UMass extended its lead at 14:05 when Michael Lecomte scored on a short rebound of a Topher Bevis shot. The Wildcats cut the lead in half when vanRiemsdyk took a pass from Butler at the top of the right circle in the neutral zone, carry the puck into the UMass end and deposited the puck in the back of the end at 15:34.

In a scoreless second period, the Wildcats outshot the Minutemen 17-10, but could not capitalize on three UMass penalties in the period.

Butler finished with two assists, while vanRiemsdyk had a goal and an assists.

Senior netminder Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) finished with 31 saves including 13 in the final stanza when the Wildcats played most of the early action in the penalty kill. He improves to 10-4-0. Dan Meyers had 32 saves for the Minutemen, 18 in the second period, and falls to 2-1-0.

UNH and UMass will complete this home-and-home series on Saturday night. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at Whittemore Center. Fans can watch the game on NHPTV as well as online at UNHwildcats.tv.
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