UNH took over second place in the Hockey East as UMass Lowell and Vermont both came away with much needed victories.
#5 New Hampshire 3 vs. #11 Boston University 1
In a game that the result would determine second place in the Hockey East, UNH defeated BU on home ice 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 8-1-1 overall, and 6-1-1 in Hockey East action.
Midway through the first period, back to back goals from Kevin Goumas and Maxim Gaudreault gave UNH a quick 2-0 advantage on the Terriers. Early in the second period, freshman Danny O'Regan (San Jose Sharks) halved the Wildcats' lead with a goal past Casey DeSmith. DeSmith, posting five shutouts thus far for UNH, made 45 saves and picked up the victory.
In an effort to tie the game, Jack Parker pulled freshman goaltender Matt O'Connor from the cage, giving the Terriers an extra man advantage. Parker's plan backfired, for Goumas put the puck in the empty net, insuring the victory for UNH. The loss brings the Terriers to 6-4 overall and 5-3 in Hockey East, cementing them in third place.
UMass Lowell 8, UMass Amherst 2
Riverhawks forward Riley Wetmore registered a hat trick to lead Lowell to a convincing 8-2 victory over the Minutemen on Sunday night. With the win, Norm Bazin’s squad improves to 3-5-1 overall and 2-4-1 in Hockey East.
Lowell got off to a hot start and kept the goals coming all game. 8:16 into the contest, Dmitry Sinitsyn (Dallas Stars) scored his first goal of the season on Minutemen back-up goaltender Steve Mastalerz. Two minutes later, Wetmore got on the board with a goal of his own, extending the Riverhawks lead to 2-0.
Wetmore, who now has five goals on the season following his hat-trick, has been the shining star in the Lowell program that has gotten off to a slow start. UMass Amherst, who continues to ride the ups and downs of the roller coaster early on this season, has now fallen to 3-5-1 overall and 2-5-1 in Hockey East.
Vermont 3, Northeastern 2
Senior forward Chris McCarthy scored two goals for the hosting Catamounts, leading to a 3-2 victory over Northeastern Sunday night. McCarthy scored three goals this weekend, including one on Friday night at Boston University
Midway through the first period, McCarthy broke the silence with a power-play goal, giving Vermont a 1-0 advantage on the Huskies. Later on towards the end of the second period, McCarthy scored his second of the game to extend the lead to two.
In an effort to spark a comeback, freshman forward Kevin Roy (Anaheim Ducks) halved the Catamounts lead to 2-1. With 3:14 left in the game, Brett Bruneteau scored his first goal of the season, giving Vermont some breathing room.
In a late minute attempt to even the score, Northeastern netminder left his cage, providing the Huskies with an extra man. Skating with the advantage, Kevin Roy scored his second goal of the game and fifth of the season past Vermont goaltender Brody Hoffman to bring the score to 3-2 leaving the Huskies one goal shy of tying the game.