MEN’S HOCKEY FALLS TO NO. 10 MASSACHUSETTS, 4-1
Box Score
AMHERST, Mass. – P.J. Fenton recorded a goal and three assist to lift No. 10 Massachusetts to a 4-1 win over the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team in Hockey East action on Saturday night at Mullins Center.

UNH falls to 8-4-1 overall 5-4-1 in Hockey East, while the Minutemen are now 7-3-5, 4-2-4. The Wildcats drop back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Neither team could capitalize on opportunities in a scoreless first period. UNH had two great opportunities; the first was a one-on-one chance from Danny Dries (Lake Orion, Mich.) what was turned away by Minutemen netminder Paul Dainton and the second was 1:19 of 5-on-3.

UMass’ Chase Langeraap broke the scoreless deadlock at 3:17 in the second period as he took a centering pass from Fenton and deposited it in the back of the net. The Minutemen added to their lead as Michael Lecomte potted a goal at 12:37 in the second. James Marcou and Fenton each had an assist on the goal.

The Wildcats cut the deficit in half when Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) tallied a power-play goal. Brad Flaishans (Glendale, Ariz.) passed it across ice to Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.), Switzer passed the puck behind the left side of the net. Radja skated past two defenders and slide the puck past Dainton to make it 2-1.  

The Minutemen regained their two goal advantage as Fenton tallied a power-play goal at 4:56 in the third period. Will Ortiz and Chris Davis notched assists on the goal that make 3-1. Cory Quirk added an insurance goal during a 5-on-3 opportunity at 12:35 in the final frame. Fenton and Marcou were credited with assists.

Dainton improves to 5-3-5 as he tallied 32 saves, while Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) moves to 2-1-1 turning away 27 shots including 10 in the second and third stanza.

UNH returns to action on Dec. 16 against the University of Maine. Puck drops at 4 p.m. at Whittemore Center. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and on the UNH Sports Radio Network. In addition, streaming video will be available over the internet at UNHwildcats.tv.
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