ANN ARBOR, Mich.-Sophomore forward Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.) posted a career-high two goals to lead the No. 7 ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a 4-4 tie against the No. 4 University of Michigan on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena.
Ciocco notched his second goal of the game to give UNH the 4-3 lead with 13:37 remaining in the game. Freshman forward Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alb.) registered his first collegiate point with a primary assist on Ciocco's second goal. Freshman forward Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) also earned an assist on UNH's fourth tally.
Michigan tied the game with just 7:41 left in regulation when Kevin Porter potted a power-play goal to even the Wolverines score for good. Senior forward Eric Nystrom tied the game at 3-3 with 15:24 remaining in the third period.
Sophomore forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ont.) gave the Wildcats a 3-2 lead at 7:42 of the second session with his first goal of the young season. Sophomores Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) and Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Man.) were credited with helpers on Winnik's first goal of the season. The Wildcats out shot Michigan 12 to 6 in the second frame.
Ciocco scored the second goal of his Wildcat career to tie the game, 2-2 at 3:33 of the second period after a turnover by a Michigan player. Senior forward Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) posted his third goal of the season to tie the game, 1-1, on a power play goal assisted by Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) with 2:33 remaining in the first period.
Michigan took the lead at 2-1 just nine seconds later at 17:36 on a goal by senior Jason Ryznar. He was assisted by David Rohlfs.
The Wolverines got on the scoreboard to begin the first period just one minute and 40 seconds into the first period on a goal by junior forward Jeff Tambellini, his first goal of the season. Tambellini was set up by sophomores Rohlfs and T.J. Hensick. The Wildcats were outshot by Michigan 15-3 in the first session.
Junior netminder Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) stopped a career-high 44 saves on 48 shots by the Wolverines, including 13 saves in the first period and an impressive 21 stops in the third period. Junior Al Montoya posted 25 saves for Michigan, including 12 in the second and 10 in the third frame.
The Wildcats (2-0-1 overall) continue their road trip in Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 17 against the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing. Game time at Munn Ice Arena is 2 p.m.