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Wall Hits Eagles with a Blank Stare

February 9, 2019
UMass Lowell's Nick Marin, left, shields the puck from Boston College's Ben Finkelstein on Friday at the Tsongas Center. UML blanked the Eagles, 3-0, to remain on a roll and jump into second place in Hockey East. SUN/JULIA MALAKIE Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

LOWELL -- Junior goaltender Tyler Wall continued to put up a giant wall and the UMass Lowell hockey team remained unbeaten in 2019.

Wall made 28 saves to record his fourth shutout of the season and seventh for his career, sparking the River Hawks to a 3-0 blanking of Boston College during Hockey East action before 5,424 fans at the Tsongas Center on Friday night.

UML (16-8-2, 10-4-2) moved past BC and into second place in Hockey East. The River Hawks ran their unbeaten streak (8-0-1) to nine games.

Wall was named the game’s No. 1 star.

The River Hawks took control with second-period goals by senior Ryan Dmowski, junior Nick Marin and junior Ryan Lohin.

BC fell to 10-1-3, 9-5-3 in the league. The Eagles will play Monday night in the Beanpot final against Northeastern.

A scoreless first period saw both teams put seven shots on net.

The middle period would find the River Hawks asserting control. They held a 14-9 edge in shots and would light the lamp three times.

The River Hawks got on the board first. After killing an interference penalty to Nick Masters and not allowing a BC shot on goal, they had a two-on-one break. A pass came from the left side and the goal was scored by Dmowski (No. 11) at 5:55 of the middle period. Assists were given to Charlie Blackmun and Masters, who had just left the penalty box.

The lead would be doubled shortly thereafter. With Charlie Levesque in the box for a hooking call, the River Hawks got a second goal at 9:48. Marin sped down left wing and sent a shot past BC netminder Joe Woll. After a review, the goal was allowed to stand. It was Marin’s first goal of the year and was both shorthanded and unassisted.

Later, the River Hawks went on the power play with a cross checking penalty to the Eagles’ David Cotton. The lead was increased when the power-play goal was scored at 12:15. Lohin took a perfect pass from Kenny Hausinger and slipped the puck into the cage. It was his 11th of the season. Blackmun picked up his second assist on the play.

Through two periods, Wall had stopped all 16 shots he had seen and the River Hawks held a 21-16 edge on shots on net.

Wall continued his sharp play in the third period with a even quick glove. BC held a slim 28-26 edge in shots on goal.

The River Hawks return to the Tsongas Center ice Saturday for a huge clash with first-place UMass Amherst.

Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

UML defeated UMass, 2-1, in their only clash of the season to date.

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