NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior captain Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) scored two goals and senior goalie Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) posted a career-high 45 saves to lead the No. 11 ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to a 4-1 win against ECACHL foe Yale University on Wednesday night at Ingalls Rink.
Yandle sealed the game for the Wildcats pushing the 'Cats lead to 4-1 at 15:46 of the third period on a slapshot from the right point off a faceoff helper from freshman forward Trevor Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.).
Yandle gave UNH a 3-1 lead after sophomore Brian Pouliot (Hooksett, N.H.) fed the puck from behind the net and Yandle took a wrist shot from the low shot at 10:57 of the middle stanza. Freshman forward Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.) was also credited with a helper on Yandle's fifth goal of the season.
With the win UNH improves its overall record to 11-7-4 overall, while Yale drops to 5-10-1 on the season.
Sophomore forward Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) gave UNH a 2-0 lead with his fifth goal of the season at 11:42 on the opening frame. Junior forward Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) went in with Fornataro on a 2-on-1 and Fornataro beat Richards glove side.
In the first period, freshman Thomas Fortney (Webster Groves, Mo.) posted the fourth goal of his career with a short-handed tally at 10:03 to give UNH a 1-0 lead. Fortney charged up the right side of the ice and put the puck through the legs of Yale goalie Alec Richards. Sophomore blueliner Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.) dished the puck down the ice to the charging Fortney for his 13th assist of the season.
Yale got on the board at 14:51 of the first period with a goal by Jean-Francois Boucher with his tenth goal of the season.
Pietrasiak posted 20 of his 45 saves in the first frame, while Richards managed 29 saves in the losing cause for the Bulldogs. UNH killed off all eight power plays by Yale, while the 'Cats went 0 for 4 with a man up.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Jan. 14 vs. Dartmouth College in the fifth annual "Battle for the RiverStone Cup." Game time at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester is 7 p.m. The game will be televised live by WMUR-TV (Channel 9).