LOWELL, MA (Jan. 28, 2005) - Juniors Andrew Martin (Brampton, ONT) and Danny O'Brien (South Boston, MA) each scored four points, while netminder Peter Vetri (Windham, NH) posted his second career shutout as the UMass Lowell River Hawks defeated the visiting New Hampshire Wildcats 7-0 Friday night at Tsongas Arena.
UML extends its unbeaten streak to 14 games and raises its overall record to 15-5-3 (6-5-2 Hockey East), while New Hampshire falls to 16-6-3 (9-2-2 Hockey East). Tonight's game is also the first loss for the Wildcats in the last 11 league games.
"It was the same exact feeling we had going into the UMass game and 100 percent of the credit goes to the players and the leaders in that locker room," Head Coach Blaise MacDonald said of the win. "They got the team ready. They prepared the team all week for what we needed to do. They did a tremendous job of holding each other accountable for the systems of play that we're trying to employ."
O'Brien opened the scoring at 3:08 of the first period with assistance from Martin and junior F Ben Walter (Langley, BC). UML would take the 1-0 lead and an 18-8 shot advantage into the first intermission.
The Wildcats came out firing in the second period, but were unable to solve Vetri and gain momentum. The River Hawks then netted three goals in a span of 1:13 midway through the period to extend the UML advantage to 4-0. Martin started the barrage when he converted a pass from O'Brien into his 10th goal of the season at 12:09. Sophomore F Jeremy Hall (Mays Landing, NJ) tallied his first goal as a River Hawk at 13:05 with help from O'Brien and sophomore F Jason Tejchma (Muskegon, MI).
Junior F Bobby Robins (Peshtigo, WI) scored his seventh goal of the year just 17 seconds after Hall's goal. Hall and Tejchma garnered assists on the play. Martin added his second score of the night at 16:44 with the help of junior D Matt Collar (Plano, TX).
Junior F Elias Godoy (West Vancouver, BC) made it 6-0 when he stole the puck from a Wildcat player near the blueline, skated in on net, and slid the puck past goaltender Kevin Regan. O'Brien capped the scoring with his second goal of the night at 18:35 with Walter and Martin earning assists on the play.
The 7-0 win is the largest margin of victory ever by the River Hawks over the Wildcats. Nearly 6,000 fans were in attendance, the largest crowd at Tsongas Arena in four years.
Vetri made 21 saves en route to his second career shutout. Jeff Pietrasiak stopped 24 shots for New Hampshire before giving way to Regan, who stopped six. UML was held scoreless in four power-play chances, while the Wildcats were scoreless in six.
The River Hawks travel to Durham, NH tomorrow to finish the season series with the Wildcats at 7:00 at the Whittemore Center.