Lowell Takes First Game Of Season Series With UMass, 6-2
Jan. 13, 2006
LOWELL, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (8-12-0, 5-8-0 Hockey East) fell to sister school UMass Lowell (7-13-0, 4-9-0) on Friday night by the score of 6-2. The River Hawks scored three goals in the opening period to secure the win. Freshman Cory Quirk (Brockton, Mass.) and senior Jamie Solon (Acton, Mass.) came up with the two goals for the Minutemen.
The River Hawks' Jason Tejchma came up with the first goal of the contest at 9:40 of the first, walking in on the UMass defense and putting the goal between the pipe and Jon Quick's (Hamden, Conn.) side for his seventh goal of the season. Linemate Bobby Robbins assisted on the even-strength goal for his team-leading 18th point of the season (7g, 11a).
Just as their second power play of the evening expired, the Minutemen regrouped and tied the game at one with Cory Quirk's fifth goal of the season, and second in as many games. With UMass' special teams still on the ice, junior Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) made a pass to Quirk from behind the net, who's shot hit goalie Peter Vetri and moved over the line for the score. John Wessbecker (Victorian, Minn.) had the initial shot from near the blueline and was credited with an assist. Quirk's goal and Capraro's assist extends their scoring streaks to four games apiece (3g, 1a and 1g, 3a, respectively).
The home team came back with two goals in less than two minutes to regain the lead and extend it to two. Mark Pandoflo scored at 15:38 from Danny O'Brien to make it 2-1, before Tejchma followed with his second goal of the night just 1 minute and 24 seconds later for the 3-1 score.
The River Hawks added to their lead with Matt Walsh's unassisted goal at 15:10 of the second. The teams skated into the UMass zone 2-on-2, and Walsh's initial shot hit Quick, who lost track of the rebound. The UML senior collected it and knocked it past the Minuteman netminder to make it a 4-1 game, rounding out the middle stanza.
Lowell's O'Brien scored his first goal of the night at 6:01 on the power play, assisted by Tejchma and Robins, while J.R. Bria notched one just over two minutes later to make it 6-1.
Overall, shots were 38-30 in favor of the home team. UMass was 0-for-3 on the power play, while the River Hawks were 1-for-3. Game Note: Gabe Winer entered the game for 15 seconds in the middle of the second period in order for the UMass bench to attend to an equipment problem. Winer came in at 12:37 and left at 12:52.
The Minutemen return to action next weekend, Jan. 20-21, with a home-and-home series with New Hampshire. Friday's game will be played at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center before Saturday's contest in Durham. Game time is set for 7 p.m. both nights.
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