Box Score
, Mass.Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) stopped 29 shots including 15 in the third period to register his fourth career shutout to backbone the 15th-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team to a 2-0 win in Hockey East action Friday night against No. 17 UMass-Lowell at Tsongas Arena. UNH improves to 6-6-3, 4-4-2 HE, while Mass-Lowell is now 8-5-0, 5-3-0 HE.
The Wildcats drew first blood as Peter LeBlanc (Hamilton, Ontario) scored an even-strength goal at 11:25 of the first period. The tally, which proved to be the game-winner, was setup by Danny Dries (Lake Orion, Mich.) and Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.), who each had shots on UML netminder Nevin Hamilton that eventually led to the score to give UNH a 1-0 advantage at the first intermission. The Wildcats held a 16-9 advantage in shots in the first period.
UNH, which captures its first road win of the 2008-09 season, added an empty-net insurance goal at 18:41 in the third period as Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) scored with assists from James van Riemsdyk (Middleton, N.J.) and Kevin Kapstad (Boxboro, Mass.). UML held a 15-10 advantage in shots in the third period.
In a scoreless second period, UNH held a 9-5 shot advantage.
Foster improves to 6-4-2 with the win and earns his second shutout of the season and second career shutout of the River Hawks. Foster’s last shutout came on Oct. 17 against Rennselaer. Hamilton stopped 35 shots including 16 in the second period and falls to 5-3-0.
Neither team capitalized on five power-play opportunities, while New Hampshire held a 35-29 shot advantage.
UNH and UML conclude the home-and-home series on Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Whittemore Center. The game will be broadcast live on CN8 with internet audio available online at


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