LOWELL, MA (Oct. 6, 2006) – Freshman defenseman Nick Schaus (Orchard Park, NY) had two goals and an assist as UMass Lowell defeated Saint Francis Xavier in an exhibition college hockey game Friday night at Tsongas Arena.

The River Hawks took a 3-0 lead into the locker room after one period of play. Jeremy Hall (Mays Landing, NJ) opened the scoring for UML with a power play goal at 3:08. Kory Falite (Billerica, MA) scored the second goal at 15:24, and Schaus made it 3-0 with his goal at 16:12. The Schaus goal was the game-winner.

UML built the lead to 4-0 on a Jason Bergeron (Ancaster, ONT) second period power play goal before Saint Francis got on the board. Chris Hulit (Sault Ste Marie, ONT) provided the first strike of the game for the X-Men at 7:04 of the second.

Saint Francis Xavier’s Jeff Caron scored a power play goal at 13:11 of the third period, cutting the UMass Lowell lead to 4-2. The River Hawks responded with two more goals, both by defensemen. Schaus finished off his three-point night with his second score of the game at 16:08 and Barry Goers (Ivyland, PA) capped off UML’s night by finding the back of the net at 17:29.

The River Hawks had four players – Mark Roebothan, Schaus, Bergeron and Falite – with multiple points. Schaus had two goals and an assist, Roebothan (St. John’s, NFLD) had two assists (two assists) and Bergeron and Falite each had a goal and an assist. Seven of the 11 freshman who suited up for UML had at least one point.

Freshman Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, ONT) got the start in goal for UMass Lowell and earned the win, stopping eight shots. Nevin Hamilton (Ashland, MA) made fives saves playing the third period for UML. Ryan Aschaber (Peterborough, ONT) had 27 saves in the losing effort for Saint Francis Xavier.

The River Hawks out-shot the X-Men 33 to 15 for the game. UML was 2-for-11 on the power play, while Saint Francis Xavier was 1-for-7.

Friday’s game is the only scheduled exhibition game for the River Hawks. UML opens its regular season with a two-game road trip to Minnesota Duluth beginning on October 13. The X-Men finish up their two-game exhibition swing at New Hampshire Saturday night.