BOSTON - Freshman forward Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal with 5:54 remaining in the game to lead the No. 12 ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to a 3-2 Hockey East victory No. 14 ranked Boston University in front of 6,224 fans at Agganis Arena.
With the win, the 'Cats even their record to 5-3-1 on the season and 4-3-1 in Hockey East play, while the Terriers drops to 3-3-0, 3-2-0 in conference action. Pollastrone, who scored his second collegiate goal, scored on the power-play off a rebound on a shot by sophomore forward Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alb.). Pollastrone was waiting on the right doorstep after the puck deflected off of BU goalie John Curry and he tipped the puck past him. Freshman forward Trevor Smith (Vancouver, B.C.) setup Fornataro with a cross-ice pass through the slot.
"It was a typical BU/UNH game and I was thrilled with the way the team played tonight, especially in the first two periods," said UNH coach Dick Umile. "We moved the puck pretty well, we made the most of our opportunities tonight. Jeff (Pietrasiak) did an excellent job at the end, especially staying in there."
"The rebound came out and I was right there to put it home. Being from around here and getting the game-winning goal vs. BU, it's a dream," said Pollastrone.
Junior forward Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) got the Wildcats on the board first with his third goal of the season on a wrap around play behind the net at 6:41 on the first period. Senior captain Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) registered the primary assist with the shot from the right point, while sophomore blueliner Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.) registered another assist, his eighth point in the last five games.
Junior forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) gave the 'Cats a 2-0 lead with 7:01 remaining in the second period after he poked in the puck past BU's Curry off a centering pass from Micflikier in the right corner, junior forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) also assisted on Hemingway's team-leading seventh goal of the season.
Brad Zancanaro and Bryan Ewing registered the goals for the Terriers.
Senior goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) made his 32nd career start in net with 32 saves, holding the Terriers to two scoreless periods, including 13 saves in the final period. UNH registered three power play goals on six chances, while the Terriers were 0 for 4 with a man up. Curry tallied 34 saves in the loss for Boston U., including 17 in the opening period.
It was the first win for the Wildcats against a ranked opponent this season.
The UNH men's hockey team returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 12 against Maine. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by New Hampshire Public Television.