LOWELL, Mass. (Dec. 7, 2007) - Ryan Blair (Ashland, Va.) had a goal and an assist, including scoring the game-winning goal as UMass Lowell defeated Boston University, 4-3, in Hockey East action at the Tsongas Arena Friday night.
The River Hawks improve to 6-4-4 overall and 4-4-4 in league play with the win. UML has won two straight and four of five. The Terriers fall to 4-10-2 overall and 3-6-1 in Hockey East with the loss.
In addition to Blair, Todd Bartelson (Pepperell, Mass.), Scott Campbell (Navan, Ont.) and Kory Falite (Billerica, Mass.) scored for the River Hawks. The goals for Bartelson and Blair were the first of their collegiate careers.
Freshman Maury Edwards (Rocky Rapids, Alb.) had two assists, the second multi-point game of his career. Falite also had a multi-point night with an assist to go along with his goal.
Nick Bonino (Unionville, Conn.) had two goals for the Terriers. Chris Higgins (Lynnfield, Mass.) also scored for BU.
The Terriers held a 2-0 lead in the game, and scored one goal in each period. UML rallied with two second period, and two third period goals.
Higgins opened the scoring just 34 seconds into the contest, his sixth of the season. Ryan Weston (Henniker, N.H.) had the assist. Bonino made it 2-0 BU at 4:34 of the second with his first of two on the night.
The River Hawks rallied to score the next four goals in the game beginning with Bartelson's first career tally at 11:03 of the second. Falite and Edwards picked up the assists.
Campbell made it 2-2 with his second goal of the season at the 19:26 mark off a centering pass from Mike Potacco (Kinnelon, N.J.). Mark Roebothan (St. John's, Nfld.), who had his three-game goal streak snapped, earned the second assist.
Blair gave the River Hawks their first lead of the night, the game-winning goal, at 11:19 of the third period with an assist from Frank Stegnar (Toronto, Ont.).
Just 16 seconds later Falite made it a 4-2 game with his sixth of the season. Edwards and Ben Holmstrom (Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned the assists.
Bonino made it a one-goal game again with his second of the night, fourth of the season, at 15:31.
Nevin Hamilton (Ashland, Mass.) earned his fourth win of the season, making 22 saves between the pipes for the River Hawks.
Adam Kraus (Irving, Texas) made his first career start in goal for BU. Kraus stopped 23 UML shots, but took the loss.
UML out-shot 27 to 25 for the game. The River Hawks were 0-for-2 on the power play. BU was 0-for-1 on the man-advantage.
"The end result is obviously very pleasing," said UML head coach Blaise MacDonald. "The process was a little bit troublesome in that we didn't really play very well for a good 30 minutes. The sign of a good athlete and a good team is to be able to finish the race. We were fortunate to get a couple of key pucks by them. It was a game that we struggled, but we ended up getting it done."
The River Hawks return to the ice Saturday to host Bentley at 4:00 p.m. The Terriers host the U.S. National Under-18 Team Saturday at 7:00 p.m.