November 24, 2007

#8 New Hampshire Skates Past Bears, 5-2

Nov. 24, 2007

Box Score

DURHAM, NH - Mike Radja notched a hat trick and assisted a fourth goal to lead #8 New Hampshire (7-2-1) to a 5-2 victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (1-4-3) on Saturday evening at The Whittemore Center. Sophomore Jordan Pietrus (Vermilion, ALB) led the Bears with the first two goals of his career.

Despite taking the game's first two shots on goal, the Bears found themselves in a 2-0 hole five minutes in as the Wildcats scored back-to-back goals just 43 seconds apart in the fifth minute of play, while lighting the lamp on their first two shots of the game.

Mike Radja scored the first from high in the slot, beating sophomore Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) glove-side. Matt Fornataro and Phil DeSimone each assisted on the goal at 4:17, which was scored on a two-on-one break.

Jamie Fritsch gave New Hampshire a two-goal lead at 4:54 when he finished off a three-on-two with Fornataro and DeSimone, finding the opposite corner from the bottom of the right face-off circle.

Brown cut into the New Hampshire lead when Pietrus scored his first career goal just past the midway point of the second period. Junior Ryan Garbutt (Winnipeg, MAN) fought off two UNH defenders in the corner to win the battle for the puck before finding Pietrus alone behind the net. Pietrus sent the puck out to senior Chris Poli (Medfield, MA), who passed back to Pietrus as his shot from close-range beat Kevin Regan through the five-hole at 10:15.

Chances of a third period comeback for the Bears were hindered by four straight penalties, including two in a span of 33 seconds, and the Wildcats capitalized, grabbing a 4-1 lead at the midway point of the period.

Radja, camped out on the doorstep to Rosen's left, scored what would prove to be the game-winner with nine seconds remaining on the two-man advantage, firing the puck behind Rosen at 4:44 for a 3-1 lead.

Another Brown penalty at 8:59 led to the Wildcats' fourth goal as James VanRiemsdyk beat Rosen with a low shot from the left side 47 seconds left on the power-play.

The Bears went up on the man-advantage just 36 seconds later, but Radja scored a short-handed goal at 12:31 and with 19 seconds left on the Brown power-play.

Pietrus capped the scoring with his second goal of the game and of his career at 14:09 for the 5-2 final.

Rosen finished with 32 saves, while Regan made 28 for New Hampshire. In the midst of an eight-game road trip, the Bears continue action next Friday, November 30th, when they travel to Boston to face Northeastern at 7:00 p.m.

BROWN 0 1 1 x - 2
UNH 2 0 3 x - 5

First period - UNH, Radja (Fornataro, DeSimone), 4:17; UNH, Fritsch (DeSimone, Fornataro), 4:54. Penalties - B, 3-6; UNH, 3-6.
Second period - B, Pietrus (Poli, Garbutt), 10:15. Penalties - B, 3-6; UNH, 4-8.
Third Period - UNH, Radja (VanRiemsdyk, Flaishans), 5x3, 4:44; UNH, VanRiemsdyk (Fornataro, Radja), PP, 10:13; UNH, Radja (Fornataro, Kapstad), SH, 12:31; B, Pietrus (Hurley), 14:09. Penalties - B, 4-8; UNH, 3-6.

Saves
B, Dan Rosen (60:00), 10-14-8-x - 32; UNH, Kevin Regan (60:00), 8-11 -9-x - 28.

Attendance: 5,334