PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Steve Moses (Leominster, Mass.) scored a career-high two goals to lift the 12th-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team to a 4-2 win over Providence College Saturday evening at the Schneider Arena. The Wildcats improve to 14-9-5, including 10-7-4 in Hockey East, while the Friars fall to 7-17-4, 4-13-4 HE.
Leading 2-1 entering the third period, it was a pair of UNH goals just 16 seconds apart, which was the difference. The first of the tallies came at 3:20 as Moses scored on the rebound of a Thomas Fortney (Webster Grove, Mo.) shot. Alan Thompson (Gilford, N.H.), who finished with a career-high two assists, was also credited with an assist on the eventual game-winning goal. The second tally came at 3:36 as Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) scored with assists from Greg Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) and Peter LeBlanc (Hamilton, Ontario) to give the Wildcats a 4-1 lead. PC would cut into the three-goal lead with a goal just a few minutes later. Nick Mazzolini scored an even-strength goal with assists from John Mori and Daniel New at 7:15, but the goal would prove to be too little, too late for the Friars.
UNH drew first blood as Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.) scored his fifth goal of the season, an even-strength tally, at 17:23 of the first period. The goal was assisted by James van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) and Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) and was the only score in a period in which the Wildcats were outshot 10-7.
In the second period, Providence tied it at 1-1 as Ian O’Connor scored with assists from Matt Taormina and David Brown at 4:51. The Wildcats regained its one-goal advantage as Moses scored the first of his two goals at even strength as he went cross ice to beat PC netminder Alex Beaudry glove side. Alan Thompson and Kevin Kapstad (Boxboro, Mass.) had assists on the goal at 13:11 of the second. UNH went into the second intermission with a 2-1 lead.
Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) turned away 31 shots including 12 in the second stanza to improve to 13-7-4 overall, while PC’s Beaudry, who falls to 4-5-3, stopped 15 shots during his 43:36 before being relieved by Ryan Simpson. Simpson stopped all five shots he faced in his 15:55 of play.
PC outshot the Wildcats in all three periods and held a 33-24 advantage in shots overall.
UNH returns to action Friday, Feb. 20 as it plays host to Boston College. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Whittemore Center. The game will be broadcast live on NESN with radio coverage on the Wildcats Sport Network.