LOWELL, MA (Oct. 28, 2006) - Jeremy Hall (Mays Landing, NJ) scored with
26 seconds remaining to force overtime as UMass Lowell and Providence
College skated to a 2-2 draw Saturday night in college hockey action at
With the tie, the River Hawks move to 2-2-2 on the season and 1-0-1 in
Hockey East play. Providence is 1-4-1 overall and 0-1-1 in league play
with the draw.
After very little offense from either side in the first 57 minutes of
play, the two teams traded goals just over a minute apart in the final
minute 90 seconds of regulation.
Colin McDonald (Wethersfield, CT) scored the late goal for Providence,
at 18:39, when he drove the net on the right win and forced the puck
over the goal line before the net came off its moorings.
Hall provided the heroics for the River Hawks as he scored an
extra-attacker goal at 19:34. The goal was set up by Jason Tejchma
(Muskegon, MI) and Paul Worthington (Langhorne, PA). The assist for
Worthington extends his assist/point streak to four games.
Providence controlled play for much of the first two periods, despite
giving the River Hawks the first four power plays of the contest. Jon
Rheault (Deering, NH), PC's top goal scorer from a season ago, scored
the game's first goal nearly halfway into the contest. The power play
goal came at 9:55 of the second and was assisted by Matt Taormina and
Tejchma answered for the River Hawks, scoring his fourth of the young
season at 12:35 of the third on a scramble in front of the net. Tejchma
has points in two straight games.
Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, ONT) made 24 saves for UML to earn the tie
and is unbeaten in his last two starts. Tyler Sims (Grand Blanc, MI)
stopped 26 saves for Providence in the draw.
"We just didn't have any rhythm to our game. And that happens," said UML
head coach Blaise MacDonald. "We got better as the game went on and I
think played our best hockey late in the third into overtime. It feels
like a win to get a tie like that. To see two of our seniors get big
goals and Carter Hutton have a good game, that should go a long way in
the development of a young team."
Four of the last seven contests between UMass Lowell and Providence have
gone to overtime. However, none of those games ended in a tie. The last
tie between the River Hawks and Friars happened on February 8, 2002 at
With a win Friday at BU and the tie Saturday against Providence, UMass
Lowell took three of a possible four points in its first weekend of
Hockey East play for the 2006-07 season.
The River Hawks return to the ice Friday when they host Boston
University. UML hosts Merrimack Saturday night. The Friars host Boston
College Tuesday night and travel to Massachusetts Friday.