Fornataro Makes Most Of Time With RoadRunners

By Brian Compton
NHL.com Staff Writer

After a solid 4-year run with the University of New Hampshire, forward Matt Fornataro was quickly signed to a one-way contract with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League.

Obviously, the 23-year-old did not foresee himself seeing anytime in the ECHL in 2008-09, but a numbers game in Worcester forced the Sharks to reassign him to the Phoenix Roadrunners.

In some cases, such a move would mean bad news for both the player and the subsequent team. But with a chance to showcase his skills as a top-6 forward, the move has been nothing but positive for Fornataro and the Roadrunners.

The Calgary native scored 3 times and added an assist in his first 3 games with Phoenix, which won 2 of its first 3 games. It was just the start the Roadrunners wanted, considering they begin this season with 6-straight games on home ice.

“Matt is an excellent kid,” Phoenix coach Brad Church told NHL.com. “He’s come down here with a great attitude. He played hard for us on the weekend. He’s excited to be here, and obviously his contributions showed that. He scored some points.”

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