UMass (13-9-4, 10-7-2 Hockey East) had a tough time out of the gate on Saturday
night and suffered only its second home loss of the season by falling to UMass
Lowell (4-19-6, 3-14-3 HEA) 2-1. The Minutemen never led in the game, while
Chris Capraro scored the lone goal for UMass. Massachusetts will host a pair of
conference games next weekend at the Mullins Center: Friday vs. Boston
University and Saturday vs. Providence. The game vs. BU also marks White Out
Night, with the first 1500 in attendance getting a free White Out t-shirt.
The River Hawks opened up the scoring with Todd Fletcher’s first goal of the
season, scored with traffic in front of Jon Quick in the UMass net. The goal,
scored at 8:09, was assisted by Nick Monroe and Jeremy Dehner.
The Minutemen responded with Chris Capraro’s seventh of the season at 13:40.
Cory Quirk won the faceoff back to his linemate, who put the shot in past Nevin
Hamilton in net. Capraro’s goal was his second against UML this season, his
fourth point overall in the season series.
At the end of one, shots were 9-2 in favor of the visitors and UML continued to
pour on the pressure by netting the first goal of the middle stanza to take the
2-1 lead. Kory Falite came up with the goal, again scored with a significant
amount of congestion in front of the UMass net. Mark Roebothan and Cleve Kinley
each were credited with assists on the play just 53 seconds into the period.
With the River Hawks holding the 2-1 lead, neither team put a dent in the
scoreboard in the third. Head Coach Don Cahoon called for a timeout with 1:38
left in the game and pulled Quick in favor of the extra attacker with a minute
Overall, shots were 29-26 in favor of the visitors. Neither team found the back
of the net on the power play, with the Minutemen going 0-for-4. Quick made 27
saves in the loss, while Hamilton registered his first career win behind a 25-