Box Score
ORONO, Maine – Senior forward Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) had a career night tallying a hat trick, notching his 50th career goal and 100th career point to lift the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team to a 3-2 Hockey East victory over Maine on Friday night at Alfond Arena in Orono, M.E.

The Wildcats improve to 17-7-1, 13-4-1 Hockey East play, while the Black Bears are now 8-14-3, 4-10-3. UNH has now won eight-straight against league opponents and their fourth-straight overall.

Radja’s third goal, the game-winner, came short handed at 7:25 in the third period. Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) and Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.) recorded helpers on the game winner. Radja made a goal scorer’s move to beat Maine’s Ben Bishop for the tally.

In a slow-developing first period, Maine stuck first at 16:01 in the period. Defenseman Simone Danis-Pepin scored from just inside the blue line through traffic to give the Black Bears a 1-0 lead. Assists were credited to freshman forward Andrew Sweetland and senior forward Wes Clark. However, the Wildcats answered with a pair of goals both from Radja during the final 20 seconds of the period. Radja scored on a one-timer from the top of the right circle converting off a Maine turnover at 19:40. He followed that up just 16 seconds later as he took a dish-off pass from Danny Dries (Lake Orion, Mich.) and converted on another one-timer from just inside the blue line on the left side at 19:56. Joe Charlebois (Potsdam, N.Y.) started the play with a pass to Dries in the defensive zone.

With 8:41 left in the second period, Sweetland tied the game scoring his sixth goal of the season for the Black Bears. Senior defensemen Bret Tyler found Sweetland in the zone, who wristed the puck at the top on the right circle past UNH netminder Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.).

Radja’s first goal of the game gave him his 100th career point, his second goal gave him his 50th career goal, while his last goal gave him his two career hat trick.

Regan, who captured his eighth-straight against Hockey East foes, finished with 32 saves including 14 in the first stanza. He improves to 15-5-0. Bishop tallied 32 saves, 16 in the second period, moving to 8-14-3.

UNH and Maine will complete the two-game series on Saturday night. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Alfond Arena. The game will be televised locally on WABI with radio coverage on the UNH Sports Radio Network.
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