UMass Hockey Drops Heartbreaker At #7 UMass Lowell, 3-2
Feb. 14, 2014
LOWELL, Mass. - The UMass hockey team erased a two-goal deficit in the third period, but #7 UMass Lowell scored the game-winning goal with one-tenth of a second remaining in regulation to defeat the Minutemen, 3-2 on Friday night at the Tsongas Center. The loss leaves UMass at 8-18-4 overall, 4-10-3 in Hockey East, while the River Hawks move to 20-7-3 overall and 10-4-2 in league play.
Both Minutemen goals came on the power play, the eighth time this season that the squad has logged multiple man advantage tallies. Senior Adam Phillips scored his sixth of the season and 12 career power-play goal to extend his point scoring streak to four games.
Senior Conor Sheary logged his eighth goal of the season for his 100th career point, the 12th player in program history to reach the milestone. Sheary 12th career power-play goal also extended his goal and point-scoring streaks to four and sixth, respectively.
In the final minute of the opening period, UMass Lowell took a 1-0 lead. Off a feed from Adam Chapie and Greg Amlong in the neutral zone, Evan Campbell drove to the net and beat goaltender Steve Mastalerz stick side at the 19:11 into the stanza.
Campbell then added his second of the night late in the second period, tucking a shot in under the cross bar from the top of the left faceoff circle at the 17:25 mark. Michael Fallon and Amlong earned assists on the play.
UMass cut the River Hawks' advantage in half on its third power play opportunity of the night. Phillips drove home a one-timer from the left point from Hanley and Iacobellis 6:51 into the third period.
The Minutemen then tied the score at 2-2 with another man advantage goal at the 10:12 mark. After receiving the puck from Gallacher and Shea, Sheary found the back of the net for his eighth goal of the season.
However, Joe Houk knocked in a rebound from A.J. White and Joseph Pendenza as time expired for the UMass Lowell game winner.
The River Hawks out-shot UMass 32-26 on the evening as Mastalerz finished with 29 saves, while Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 24 in net for UMass Lowell. The Minutemen were 2-for-4 on the power play in the contest and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill, including a five-minute major.
UMass will be back in action tomorrow night, Feb. 15, playing host to #12 Northeastern at 7:00 p.m. in the Mullins Center.