DURHAM, N.H. - Linemates Trevor Smith (North
Vancouver, British Columbia) and Matt Fornataro
(Calgary, Alberta) both recorded three points to lead
the 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire hockey
team to Friday night's 6-3 Hockey East victory against
Northeastern University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH improved to 3-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in Hockey
East while NU fell to 2-4-1, 0-3-1.
With the score tied 3-3 entering the third period,
the Wildcats scored a pair of goals in the opening
minute of the stanza to build a two-goal advantage.
Brett Hemingway (Surrey, British Columbia), with the
assistance of Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba;
2a) and Jamie Fritsch (Odenton, Md.), scored at 27
seconds and Fornataro (1g, 2a), struck 14 seconds
later. Smith (2g, 1a) and Jerry Pollastrone (Revere,
Mass.; 2a) set up Fornataro's first goal of the
Josh Ciocco (Atco, N.J.) netted a power-play goal off
a rebound at the left post to extend the lead to 6-3
at 5:19. Hemingway, with the initial shot, and
Micflikier, who tipped that shot, were credited with
UNH goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.)
recorded 12 of his 23 saves in the first period. NU
counterpart Adam Geragosian stopped 28 shots,
including 12 in the middle stanza.
NU skated to a 2-1 lead after one period of play. The
Huskies took a 1-0 lead at 4:48. Ryan Ginand's pass
from behind the net found Mike Morris in the low slot.
Regan denied Morris but Chad Costello, alone at the
right post, deposited the puck into the open side.
UNH tied the score, 1-1, at 7:23 when Brad Flashains
(Glendale, Ariz.) won the puck in the defensive zone
and moved the puck along the right dashers to
Fornataro, who in turn found Smith at the blue line.
Smith fired a shot from the top of the right circle
that sailed into the upper-right corner.
The Huskies regained the lead, 2-1, when Kyle
Kraemer's shot from the left circle went into the far
upper-corner of the net at 13:35. Jimmy Russo, with
the centering pass from the left corner, and Joe
Vitale were credited with assists.
The ‘Cats outscored the Huskies 2-1 in the middle
stanza to level the score, 3-3, through 40 minutes.
Smith netted his second goal of the night at 4:50 when
his screened shot from the right half-boards beat
Geragosian. Fornataro, with the wraparound pass behind
the net around the right corner, and Pollastrone set
up the goal.
UNH took its first lead of the game, 3-2, at 12:53.
Chris Murray (Dover, Mass.), who kept the puck in the
zone, fired a shot from the high slot that hit the
upper-right corner of the net. Greg Collins (Fairport,
N.Y.) initiated the sequence by pushing the puck to
Ciocco in the right circle, and his pass found its way
NU pulled even, 3-3, at 18:19 when Morris' centering
pass from the right circle was one-timed from the low
slot by Costello. Ginand was also credited with an
New Hampshire and NU conclude the home-and-home
weekend series Saturday night at Matthews Arena. The
Wildcats' next home game is Nov. 10 (7 p.m.) vs.