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ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine men's ice hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to New Hampshire on Saturday night at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. Maine got its lone goal from Jeff Marshall (Kyle, Saskatchewan), while UNH got goals from Bobby Butler, Matt Fornataro, Danny Dries and Mike Radja.
The two teams played through a scoreless first period. Maine held a 10-9 advantage in shots on goal in the period, and had several good scoring chances.
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at 9:18 of the second period when Brad Flaishans tipped the puck ahead to Bobby Butler who skated in alone and beat Maine goalie Ben Bishop (Des Peres, Mo.) UNH added to its lead late in the second period. Mike Radja and Kevin Kapstad teamed up to find Matt Fornataro skating down the slot. Fornataro received the pass and beat Bishop for his 11th goal of the season. The Wildcats took the 2-0 lead into the second intermission.
Maine appeared to have scored a goal late in the second period, it was ruled that the whistle had blown just prior to the puck entering the goal.
New Hampshire added to its lead at 12:47 of the third period. UNH's Fornataro had a shot that was blocked, but Danny Dries shot the rebound past Bishop for his sixth goal of the season.
Maine answered back just minutes later when Jeff Marshall scored his fourth goal of the season. WIth the puck lying in the crease, Marshall stuffed it home to get the Black Bears on the board. Simon Danis-Pepin (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec) and Keenan Hopson (Prince George, British Columbia) each assisted on the goal for the Black Bears.
UNH added to its lead less than a minute later. Bishop came out to clear the puck and send it up the ice, but it hit Radja. He was able to control the puck and skate in alone on the net for his 17th goal of the season.
Maine, which falls to 8-15-3 overall and 4-12-3 in Hockey East play, held a 29-24 advantage in shots. Fifth-ranked New Hampshire improves to 18-7-1 on the season and 14-4-1 in Hockey East play.
Maine goalie Bishop made 20 saves in net for the Black Bears. He falls to 8-15-3 on the season. Kevin Regan made 28 saves in goal for the Wildcats. He improves to 16-5-0.
The Black Bears return to action on Friday, February 15 when they travel to Boston University for a 7:30 p.m. game with the Terriers.