DURHAM, N.H.—Junior forward Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) scored two goals, including the game-winner to pace the No. 2 ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to a 4-2 win over the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks on Wednesday night in front of 2,535 fans in Hockey East action at Tsongas Arena.
    The Wildcats extend their 11-game winning streak at 10-0-1, the second longest in the nation and up their record to 12-2-1 overall and 10-1-1 in Hockey East play, while the River Hawks fall to 3-8-3, 2-6-2 in league play. UNH heads into the holiday break atop the Hockey East standings with 21 points, which is the team’s best start ever in league play.
    UNH is also off to their best start since the 2002-2003 season and continue to hold a perfect 8-0-0 record on the road, the best away from the Whittemore Center in team history.
    UNH retook control of the game with a two-goal third period when sophomore forward Trevor Smith (North Vancouver, B.C) passed the puck from the top of the left circle to sophomore forward Jerry Pollastrone (Revere Mass.) in the mid-slot, spinning and redirecting the puck behind his back to Fornataro who tallied his seventh goal of the season and UNH’s third goal of the night at 4:50 of the third period. Senior forward Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) capped off UNH’s scoring with the fourth goal of the game at 7:09 with a shot to the top right corner from the left crease off a pass from Radja on the right goal line.
    UNH struggled to get control of the puck through out the entire second period giving up two goals to tie up the score at 2-2. At 3:42 into the second period, River Hawk captain Jason Tejchma scored his eight goal of the season to tally for UMass-Lowell’s first goal of the night. To tie up the game toward the end of the period, Jeremy Hall posted his fifth goal of the season at 17:57.
    The ‘Cats quickly took a 1-0 lead as sophomore blueliner Jamie Fritsch (Odenton, Md.) took a slap shot just before the far left point which was redirected in front of the net connecting with Fornataro’s stick to tally UNH’s first goal of the night just 47 seconds into the game. Smith was also credited with an assist on the Fornataro’s first goal of the evening.
    New Hampshire struck twice in the first when junior forward Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season and UNH’s second goal of the game. Hemingway took a slap shot from the high slot which was tipped by Radja in the low slot. Fritsch was credited with the assist, his second assist of the night.
    Lowell outshot the Wildcats, 41 to 30, including a 18-6 advantage in the second period. Junior netminder Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) totaled 40 saves in net for the ‘Cats, which was five short of a career-high. Regan tallied 13 saves in the opening period and he had 16 stops in the second frame. Freshman goalie Carter Hutton made 26 saves in the losing cause for the River Hawks.
    The Wildcats return to the ice for their final game before holiday break on Friday, December 8 against ECACHL foe St. Lawrence. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center. Tickets are still available for the game and it will be televised live by New Hampshire Public Television.
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