ORONO, Maine – Junior forward Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) scored three points, including two goals as the No. 13 ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team defeated top-ranked Maine, 8-2 on Sunday afternoon in front of a soldout crowd of 5,450 fans at Alfond Arena.
The Wildcats improve to 5-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in Hockey East play with the win, while Maine was handed their first loss of the season and drop to 8-1-1 overall and 3-1-1 in Hockey East play.
Radja was one of four Wildcats to post three points on the night, along with senior forward Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba), sophomore forward Trevor Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) and junior forward Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta). Smith scored UNH’s eighth goal and third power play goal on the game for his team leading ninth goal of the season.
The last time the Black Bears gave up eight goals at Alfond Arena was March 24, 1989 against Providence (8-6).
UNH also got goals from Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.), Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.), Chris Murray (Dover, Mass.) and Fornataro.
UNH went into the locker with a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period. Radja registered two goals, while linemate Micflikier potted his third goal of the season in the first frame. Radja opened the scoring for the Wildcats at the 7:02 mark in the opening frame.
Junior goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) had an outstanding performance in his 49th career start as a Wildcat with 33 saves in the win, including 18 saves in the second period.
The Wildcats were outshot by Maine, 35-23 for the game, including a 20-3 shot advantage in the second period. Maine attempted 18 shots on the power play in the middle stanza, 11 of which were on net.
Maine went 2 for 9 on the power play, while the ‘Cats went 3 for 4 with a man up.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Nov. 17 at UMass-Lowell. Game time is 7 p.m. at Tsongas Arena. UNH returns home on Saturday, Nov. 18 vs. UMass-Lowell. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.