Freshman Chris Auger scores the game-tying goal for UML
Freshman Chris Auger scored the game-tying goal for the River Hawks.
BURLINGTON, Vt. – No. 15 Vermont scored three goals in the second period on senior night to pick up a 3-3 tie against UMass-Lowell in front of the 57th straight sellout crowd of 4,003 at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Junior assistant captain Mark Lutz (Stevens Point, Wis.) scored a power-play goal, and sophomore Peter Lenes (Shelburne, Vt.) and freshman Brian Roloff (West Seneca, N.Y.) each had even strength tallies for the Catamounts.
Vermont finishes the regular season at 17-14-5 overall and 12-10-5 in Hockey East. The Catamounts finish sixth in Hockey East and will visit third seeded Boston University for a best-of-three series in the Hockey East quarterfinals beginning on Thursday (March 8) at 7:00pm at Agganis Arena.
“This is when it gets fun. We are where we are in the standings and we can’t do anything about it,” Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon said. “We have an opportunity now to go back to BU and try to do what we did last Saturday night. It’s going to be great hockey and we’re excited about it; that’s why we play the game. We can’t worry about what we did in the regular season now - it’s a whole new season.”
Sophomore Mike Potacco, sophomore Mark Roebothan and freshman Chris Auger all had even strength goals for UMass-Lowell.
Potacco’s goal came just 2:35 into the game when he scored on a 2-on-1 for the River Hawks.
Roebothan made it 2-0 UML with his seventh goal of the year at 13:23 of the first.
Vermont answered in the second period outshooting UMass-Lowell 11-3. Lutz scored the first of three goals in the period for the Catamounts on the power play at 1:20. Sophomore Corey Carlson (Two Harbors, Minn.) sent a pass from bottom of the left circle to an open Lutz at the right circle and he flicked a wrist shot past UML goalie Carter Hutton. Senior co-captain Kenny Macaulay (Baddeck, Nova Scotia) also assisted on the goal the cut Vermont’s deficit to 2-1.
Lenes tied the game at two for the Catamounts when he scored his sixth goal of the season on a feed from sophomore Dean Strong (Mississauga, Ontario) at 3:07 of the second. Junior co-captain Torrey Mitchell (Greenfield Park, Quebec) also assisted.
Vermont took its first lead of the game at 13:45 of the second period on Roloff’s fourth goal this year. The score made it 3-2 Catamounts and came on a rebound after a shot by senior Dan Owens Clinton, N.Y.). Senior Evan Stoflet (Madison, Wis.) also assisted.
UMass-Lowell notched the equalizer at 8:35 of the third period on a goal by Auger.
Vermont outshot UML 29-19. Freshman Mike Spillane (Bow, N.H.) made 16 saves for the Catamounts and Hutton made 26 stops for the River Hawks.
Tonight marked the final home game for the eight Vermont seniors: Tom Collingham, Andy Corran, Art Femenella, Ryan Gunderson, Kenny Macaulay, Chris Myers, Dan Owens and Evan Stoflet.
Vermont returns to action on Thursday when its best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinals series with Boston University begins at 7:00pm at Agganis Arena. The series will continue on Friday at 7:00pm with a game on Saturday if necessary. The Catamounts went 2-1-0 in the regular season series against the Terriers.