LOWELL, Mass. – Sophomore forward Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.) totaled a career-high four points (2g, 2a) to pace the No. 10 ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to a 5-2 win against UMass-Lowell on Friday night at Tsongas Arena in Hockey East action.
    With the victory, UNH improves to 6-2-1 overall and 4-1-1 in conference play, while the River Hawks drop to 3-4-3 overall, 2-2-2 HE.
    UNH pounced on Lowell at the beginning of the second period with goals by Pollastrone and Trevor Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) only 26 seconds apart to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. Pollastrone then tallied the game-winning goal, his fourth goal of the season on the power play at 14:59. UNH scored four of its five goals in the second frame with game high 11 shots in that period. Junior forwards Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) and Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta) scored the ‘Cats fourth and fifth goals respectively at 19:32 of the second and 18:08 of the final period.
    UNH’s second line of Pollastrone, Smith (1g, 2a) and Fornataro (1g, 1a) was responsible for four of the five Wildcat goals on the night with nine points (4g, 5a). Junior blueliners Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.) and Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.) both registered two assists in the win against the River Hawks.
    The Wildcats ended the first period and headed into the locker room down 1-0 on Chris Auger’s first collegiate goal at 6:46 for the River Hawks.
Junior netminder Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) notched 31 saves in his 50th collegiate start for the ‘Cats, including 13 saves in the final period win the win.
    The ‘Cats went 2 for 4 with a man up and shutdown the River Hawk power play killing off all six chances by Lowell. UML outshot UNH 33-19, including a decided 13-5 advantage in the final period.   
    UNH returns to action for the second game of the season series with UMass-Lowell on Saturday, November 18th. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center. The game will be televised live by New Hampshire Public Television.
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