BURLINGTON, Vt. – Goals from Jake Massie and Liam Coughlin gave the Catamounts a two-goal lead heading into the third period, but the UMass Lowell River Hawks rallied back to win 3-2 in overtime on Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
The River Hawks jump to 14-10-0 overall and 9-6-0 in Hockey East play, while Vermont falls to 4-15-4 (1-9-3 HEA).
Vermont returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 20) for a rematch against the River Hawks at 7:05 to close a four-game homestand on Handy Toyota Night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
UMass 3, Northeastern 0
AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts hockey celebrated its return to the Mullins Center by blanking No. 8/9 Northeastern, 3-0 in Hockey East action on Friday night. The Minutemen improved to 11-10-1 on the season, 5-6-1 in league play following the squad’s first home game since Dec. 1. With the loss, the Huskies sit at 14-6-3 on the year and 10-4-1 in Hockey East.
“Very proud of my team tonight,” said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. “We’ve won a fair number of games this year, but this and the win over Providence I think are the two highlights up to this point. The thing I liked about tonight was I saw our team mature pretty quickly. We had a very specific way we wanted to play tonight and we challenged our guys to rise to that level and they did. They did an excellent job.”
The teams will be back in action tomorrow night, Jan. 20, meeting in an 8 p.m. contest at Northeastern to close out the series.
UNH 2, Maine 2
ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine men’s hockey team jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Friday night but the visiting New Hampshire Wildcats found the net twice to force overtime at Alfond Arena, and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Patrick Holway and Daniel Perez scored the goals for the Black Bears while Jeremy Swayman was strong between the pipes with 31 saves.
With the tie, Maine now sits at 12-9-3 overall and 6-6-2 in Hockey East play while UNH bumps to 9-11-3 overall and 4-7-2 in conference play.
Maine and UNH will return to the Alfond Arena ice Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. to close out the weekend series.