COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Sophomore forward Trevor Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) recorded a career-high four points to lead the UNH men’s hockey team to a 7-2 victory over Colorado College on Saturday night in front of 7,037 fans at the World Arena. Smith scored UNH’s first two goals for the ‘Cats to give UNH a 2-1 lead heading into the dressing room after the first period. He got the ‘Cats in the scoring column first at 8:19 and then at the 17:13 mark.
Smith’s linemate, sophomore forward Jerry Pollastrone (Revere, Mass.) also had a solid showing with three points (2g, 1a). He scored two of UNH’s three second period goals at 1:41 and 10:31. Junior forward Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) also registered a two-goal effort with a goal in the second period at 9:09 and a goal in the final frame at 4:20 to cap off UNH’s scoring in the game.
UNH’s top two lines accounted for 16 of the 21 points on the night (6g, 10a), including 10 points (4g, 10a) by the second line of Pollastrone, Smith and junior forward Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta). Fornataro finished the night with three assists, which was a career-high in points for the junior forward. Nine different Wildcats posted a point in the game and eight players earned multiple points on the night.
Junior blueliner Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.) also tallied a goal 18 seconds into the third period, which marked UNH’s first power play goal of the season.
Junior goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) made 29 saves on the night in 53+ minutes of action, while freshman Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) played the final six minutes and stopped all four shots he faced from the Tigers. Regan stopped 61 of 66 Colorado College shots in the two-game weekend series. CC goalie Matt Zaba allowed five goals on 21 shots by the ‘Cats and was pulled in favor of sophomore Drew O’Connell who played the final 29+ minutes making 17 saves on 19 shots. UNH outshot CC 40-35 and the ‘Cats went 2 for 5 on the power play, while the Tigers went 2 for 7 with a man up.
Colorado College had never been swept by a non-WCHA opponent at the new World Arena until tonight. The last time they were swept at home by a non-conference team was by Yale University in the 1981-1982 season. It also marked the first time since 85-86 at Maine that they had been swept by a non-conference opponent.
The Wildcat men’s hockey team (2-0-0 overall, 0-0-0 Hockey East) opens up Hockey East action with their regular-season home opener is Oct. 26 against the University of Massachusetts. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m. UNH will face Yale University at the Whittemore Center on Saturday, Oct. 28th at 7 p.m. Both games will be televised by New Hampshire Public Television.