River Hawks Win a Wild One Over Vermont
LOWELL -- The UMass Lowell hockey team returned to the Tsongas Center on Friday night
UML 6, Catamounts 5
to face off against their Hockey East rival, the University of Vermont Catamounts.
If you like offensive explosions this game was for you as four goals were scored within 96 seconds of each other as the two clubs combined for 11 goals in the River Hawks’ 6-5 win in front a crowd of 4,163.
Ryan Dmowski scored the game-winner midway through the third period.
Multi-point scorers for UML were Ryan Lohin (one goal, one assist), Connor Wilson (one goal, one assist), Colin O’Neill (one goal, one assist) and Jon McDonald (two assists).
Goaltender Christoffer Hernberg recorded 28 saves on the way to the victory.
With the win, UMass Lowell (12-8-1 overall) extended its win streak to four games.
The victory was not as UML coach Norm Bazin would draw it up but he was satisfied that the final outcome was in his team’s favor.
“We’re very pleased to get two points tonight,” Bazin said. “I thought it was an ugly hockey game. I thought it was reminiscent of the ’80s and ’90s (when) whoever got the last shot would get the two points so we are fortunate to get the two points here tonight.
“We’ve been very good defensively in the last three games and it just wasn’t one of those nights. Both teams were loose a little bit and like I said, we’re fortunate to get the last goal. There are a lot of positives out of the game. You score on the power play, you score first, all four lines contributed, and all four lines probably got scored on. It’s one of those things.”
Ryan Lohin acknowledged that the team did not perform to Bazin’s full satisfaction.
“When it’s back and forth, it’s a little less thinking,” Lohin said. “You have so little time to react in a game like that. One mistake, they’re (UVM) going the other way for a break and we saw that tonight, both ways, but it was a fun game. Probably not what Coach would’ve wanted but we were able to come out of it with the win.”
In the first period, River Hawk forward Sam Knoblauch wandered into the slot unattended while Wilson was battling for a loose puck along right boards. Wilson won possession and sent a pass to Knoblauch who put a hard wrist shot past Vermont goalie Stefanos Lekkas giving UML a 1-0 lead at 8:44 of the period.
Before the Tsongas Center fans could settle back into their seats, the Catamounts tied the game at 1-1 on a goal by Vlad Dzhioshvili. Time of the marker was 9:04.
Only 4:47 later, UVM would take advantage of a power play with good puck movement that would see Coughlin find the back of the net with an unassisted goal giving his club a 2-1 lead.
UMass Lowell would find itself on a power play and it did not take long for Wilson to even the affair at 2-2, assisted by Mattias Goransson and Lohin at 15:26 of the opening frame.
The second period saw the River Hawks break through to take a 3-2 lead off the stick of Lohin assisted by Charlie Levesque and Croix Evingson.
Just 1:15 later, River Hawk forward Kenny Hausinger found himself in the right place at the right time when he stationed himself to Lekkas’ right. McDonald sent a slap shot from the blue line that found Hausinger’s stick and the puck was redirected behind Lekkas at 11:01 of the period.
The Catamounts pulled within a goal at 17:43 and the second period ended with UML up 4-3.
The River Hawks would add to their lead 4:08 into the third when O’Neill put back a rebound of an Anthony Baxter shot giving UML a 5-3 lead.
Once again, Vermont would not pack it in. Derek Lodermeier found the back of the net to make it a one goal game again and then the Cats tied the game at 5-5 at the 12:50 mark when Johnny DeRoche beat Hernberg.
It took all of 21 seconds for UML to respond as Dmowski sent a shot that eluded Lekkas, assisted by McDonald and Ryan Sodergren.