January 26 in Hockey East: Lowell soars in front of record crowd vs. NU; Maine completes BC sweep

UML senior captain Riley Wetmore scored the game-tying goal with 56 seconds left (Photo/Bob Ellis).

by JOSHUA KUMMINS

UMass-Lowell 5, Northeastern 4 (OT)
Being down 4-1 in the early stages of the third period did not phase the River Hawks as they scored four unanswered goals to topple the Huskies in overtime – in front of a record crowd of 7,013 fans at Tsongas Center – and take three of four crucial points on the weekend in Hockey East play. Freshman defender Christian Folin scored 3:07 into the extra frame to cap the run for UML’s first overtime victory since Zack Kamrass extended last year’s quarterfinal series with Providence, also extending the team’s unbeaten streak to 11 games. With the defeat, the Huskies became the first team to hit ten losses in conference play, despite the first-career multi-point outing from senior Steve Morra with a goal and an assist. Morra’s backhander past UML junior Doug Carr (13 saves) gave NU a 4-1 lead just 48 seconds into the third period, but Carr’s junior classmate Joseph Pendenza scored the next goal and assisted on two of the final three, including Folin’s winner, to pace the offense. The River Hawks, which face a challenging contest at Merrimack on Friday, pounded NU senior Bryan Mountain for 38 shots in 63:07 as he remained winless at 0-5-2 on the year. The Huskies look to pull off an upset at Matthews that night as they host UNH in a re-match of a scoreless tie that Mountain pulled on Oct. 27, 2012.

Maine 3, Boston College 1
The Black Bears scored the first three goals of the game and never looked back, missing a shutout by 9.8 seconds en route to capturing the series sweep of the No. 3 Eagles at Kelley Rink with a 3-1 victory. Maine junior Jon Swavely scored twice – once in the first and third periods – against BC sophomore and Brunswick, Maine native Brian Billett (26 saves) as he was making his first start since Jan. 21, 2012 at Maine. With their third win in league play, the Black Bears improved to 7-14-4 overall on the season and captured their first weekend sweep of the Eagles on road ice since 1993. Junior Patrick Brown scored the lone BC goal, beating Martin Ouellette (24 saves) in the final ten seconds of the contest. With hopes of turning around a stretch of four losses in five games, the Eagles welcome Vermont to Kelley Rink on Friday.

Boston University 3, Providence 3 (OT)
Freshman Danny O’Regan lit the lamp with 6:39 remaining in the third period to lift the Terriers into a tie with the visiting Friars at Agganis Arena, eventually claiming a point to take five of six from them on the season and remain in a second-place tie with New Hampshire. After senior Ben Rosen opened the scoring at 17:34, the Friars answered on scores by Myles Harvey and Steven McParland to take a 2-1 lead at 4:27 of the middle stanza. Shane Luke put the Friars back ahead at 0:39 of the final period, answering Matt Nieto’s seventh of the year on the power-play at 13:58 of the second to take away PC’s second lead of the game. A pair of strong freshmen were between the pipes as BU’s Matt O’Connor and PC’s Jon Gillies posted 26 and 28 stops, respectively, in the draw. The tie was BU’s first in nearly 15 months and first since Oct. 28, 2011 at UMass, where the Terriers travel on Friday.

New Hampshire 6, Merrimack 2
The Wildcats were convincing victors in the Battle for the RiverStone Cup XII at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. on Saturday night as sophomore Trevor van Reimsdyk assisted on four goals to earn Most Valuable Player honors. UNH improved to 15-6-2 overall and matched its win total from last season, while earning its tenth win in Hockey East. Ten ‘Cats factored into the scoring, including a goal and two assists from sophomore Grayson Downing and Collin MacDonald’s first-career goal. ?Sophomore Casey DeSmith earned the win with 32 saves for UNH, despite allowing rookie Ben Bahe and sophomore Dan Kolomatis to score MC’s goals. The Wildcats return to action on the road on Friday at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena.

Vermont 3, Massachusetts 2
Sophomore Kyle Reynolds scored a pair of goals in the first period and rookie Brody Hoffman collected 36 saves to help the Catamounts gain a weekend split of the UMass Minutemen and snap a five-game losing streak at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Reynolds now has six goals in six career games against the Mass Attack (five of which have been decided by one goal between the teams), including a pair of multi-goal games at home. Hoffman, a Wilkie, Sask. native, finished the weekend with 70 stops for UVM and has eclipsed the 30 mark on 11 occasions this year. UMass dominated the second and third periods with a 25-14 shots on goal advantage as juniors Michael Pereira and Branden Gracel scored goals.

About jkummins

Joshua Kummins, a senior honors student at Malden High School, is the Associate Editor for www.BostonSportsU18.com. He joined BSU18 in August 2010 and also serves as the Co-Head of Sports for the award-winning newspaper at MHS, The Blue and Gold. Under his leadership, the sports section placed first for "Excellence in Sports Writing" as part of the Sufffolk University Greater Boston High School Newspaper Competition. Kummins is a veteran Hockey East reporter and has covered multiple Frozen Fenway events, Beanpots and conference tournaments. He is also a frequent contributor to the site’s baseball coverage as he covers the Red Sox, minor leagues, and college games throughout the season. Each season, he is proud to cover the Cape Cod Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League’s North Shore Navigators. He also thinks that the CCBL and NECBL provide some of the best baseball in the country, truly showing “how the game should be played.” Contact him via e-mail at [email protected] and follow him @JoshuaKummins on Twitter.
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