LOWELL, Mass. – Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.) scored a third-period goal, but the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team could not overcome a two-goal deficit losing Friday night's Hockey East contest, 3-2, against the UMass Lowell in front of a record crowd of 6,826 at the Tsongas Center.
UNH, which falls to 0-6-2 on the road, is now 6-7-2 with a 4-5-1 mark in Hockey East. UMass Lowell improves to 8-4-0, 5-3-1. The teams will play the rubber-match of this three game series tomorrow night in Durham.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the third period, UNH controlled play throughout the final stanza, but only mustered one goal. The goal came as the River Hawks were attempting to clear the puck from behind their own net, but had the puck stolen by Justin Agosta (East Meadow, N.Y.). Agosta slid the puck out in front to an unmarked Borisenok for the goal at 11:08. New Hampshire had several chances in the period, outshooting the River Hawks 19-8 including several grade-A bids in the final minute when UNH netminder Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) was lifted in favor of an extra skater, but could not net the equalizer.
UMass Lowell struck first just 2:18 into the first as Stephen Buco netted his first collegiate goal on the rebound of his own wrister. Josh Holmstrom and Scott Wilson assisted on the goal. New Hampshire tied with second-chance goal of its own when Greg Burke (Lee, N.H.) scored from the right slot after his first effort was denied. Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) and John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) assisted on the tally at 9:53 of the period. UML regained the lead at 12:36 as a Joseph Pendenza shot streaked wide around the net and found an open Terrence Wallin on the far-side for the tap in to make it 2-1 heading into the first intermission. The River Hawks held a 12-10 shot edge.
UML scored the period's lone goal at 14:50 of the stanza to double its lead as David Vallorani scored from the right-side of the net. A Malcolm Lyles shot from the point was sticked aside, but Vallorani was there for the put-back goal. Riley Wetmore also assisted on the goal. UML held a 14-6 shot advantage in the period.
UNH held a slim 35-34 shot edge thanks to an 11-shot advantage in the third period. UNH was 0-4 on the power play, while UML was 0-5.
Di Girolamo turned aside 31 shots, but falls to 6-6-1 on the season, while counterpart Doug Carr stopped 33 shots including 18 in the final period to improve to 7-1-0.
New Hampshire and UMass Lowell complete the home-and-home season on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Whittemore Center. Puck drops at 7 p.m. with tickets still available online at www.UNHWildcats.com or at the Whittemore Center Arena Box Office on game night.