LOWELL, Mass. – UMass-Lowell scored eight goals including three in the first and third periods to capture a decisive, 8-3, win over fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team on Friday night at Tsongas Arena. UNH moves to 4-3-3 with a 2-1-2 record in Hockey East, while the River Hawks are now 4-4-0, 2-2-0 HE.
UMass-Lowell’s Kory Falite recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist, while Matt Ferreira scored a pair of two goals. UNH's Danny Dries (Lake Orion, Mich.) matched a career high with two goals for the Wildcats.
In a four-goal first period, it was UNH striking first as Dries took a pass from Greg Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) at his own blue line and carried it into the zone and broke in to score on a nifty dash to the net at 2:02. However, it was the River Hawks which would score the final three goals of the first to take a 3-1 lead into the intermission. The first UML tally came just 22 seconds after Dries scored as Sammy D’Agostino scored with assists from Maury Edwards and Ryan Blair at 2:24. The go-ahead goal came at 9:04 as Matt Ferriera tallied the even-strength goal with assists from Nick Schaus and Kory Falite. The River Hawks took a two-goal lead with just over a minute to play in the first as Mike Potacco scored with helpers from Mark Roebothan and Scott Campbell at 18:43.
UML stretched the lead to 4-1 at 6:06 as Falite stole the puck at the blueline and skated in all alone to score the one-timer and eventual game-winner. The Wildcats cut into the lead as Peter LeBlanc (Hamilton, Ontario) scored at 8:36 with an assist from Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.). The goal was LeBlanc’s third in the last four games, he is tied for the team lead with five goals. Falite scored his second goal of the period at 10:32 a power-play goal with assists from Holmstrom and Edwards. UNH scored on a 5-on-3 opportunity at 15:00. Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.) held the puck at the top of the offensive zone and passed it over to the right circle, where James van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) riffled a shot on net. The shot rebounded out where Dries was there to knock the puck into the net to make it 5-3 at the end of two.
The River Hawks would add three in the third including a back-breaking short-handed goal at 4:46 in the third as Ferriera scored off a steal with assists from Nick Monroe and Jeremy Dehner. Falite completed his hat trick at 14:09 on a power-play goal that was setup by Holmstrom and Edwards. The eighth and final goal came at 15:52 and was scored by Patrick Cey with assists from Dehner and Holmstrom.
UML’s Nevin Hamilton stopped 38 shots including double-figures in all three period to improve to 1-1-0, while Matt DiGirolamo (Penilyn, Pa.) stopped 27 shots for the Wildcats and is now 0-1-1.
UNH was 1-6 on the power play, while UML was 2-5 in extra-skater advantages.
UNH travels to No. 6 Boston College on Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The game will be broadcast on the Wildcat Sports Network (Flagship AM-1270). The Wildcats’ next home game is Nov. 22 (7 p.m.) against Providence.