BURLINGTON, Vt. — Senior assistant captain Chris Murray (Dover, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal with 3:36 left in the game to give the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey a 2-1 win and a weekend sweep of #15 ranked Vermont on Saturday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
    Murray scored the game-winning goal on the power play 16:24 into the third period. Sophomore forward Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.) took the initial shot from just outside the crease. The puck bounced out to junior blueliner Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C) at the top of the left circle who passed it across the ice to Murray at the top of the right circle, who beat Catamount goalie Joe Fallon high glove side over his left shoulder.
    The Wildcats improve their record to 16-3-1 on the season, including a 12-1-1 in conference play, while Vermont drops to 11-8-1 (6-4-1 HE) with the loss. With the two road wins this weekend, UNH improves to 10-0-0 on the road this season.
    The Wildcats drew first blood just 48 seconds into the second frame when sophomore forward Trevor Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) scored his team leading 14th goal of the season for the Wildcats and his third of the weekend. Pollastrone initially took a shot from the slot but off Fallon’s rebound, Smith was able to score just below the right circle. Junior forward Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alb.) also tallied an assist on the Smith tally.
    Just 55 seconds later the Catamounts tied the game as Colin Vock scored off a rebounded shot of Chris Myers from the left point.
    Junior netminder Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) totaled 34 saves in his 59th collegiate start as a Wildcat in the victory, which included a 15-save effort in the second period. Fallon recorded 25 saves in the losing cause for the Catamounts, including 12 saves in the opening period.
    UVM outshot the ‘Cats, 16-7 in the second period, while the Wildcat penalty kill shutdown the Catamount power play stopping all seven opportunities. Vermont outshot UNH, 35-27 in the game.
    The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, January 13th in the sixth annual “Battle for the RiverStone Cup” against the Dartmouth College Big Green. Game time at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. is 7 p.m. The game will be televised live by WMUR-TV (Channel 9). Tickets are still available for the game by visiting both box offices, by calling 868-7300 or on the internet at
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