LOWELL, Mass. - LOWELL, Mass. (Nov. 10, 2007) - Kory Falite (Billerica, Mass.) scored two goals and UMass Lowell skated to a 3-3 draw with No. 20 Massachusetts Saturday night in Hockey East action at the Tsongas Arena.
The draw is the second in as many nights for the River Hawks, who move to 2-2-3 overall and 0-3-2 in Hockey East play. The Minutemen are 4-2-3 overall and 2-1-3 in league play.
In addition to Falite's two goals, Mike Potacco (Kinnelon, N.J.) scored for the River Hawks. Will Ortiz (Framingham, Mass.), Justin Braun (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and James Marcou (Kings Park, N.Y.) scored for the Minutemen.
Falite opened the scoring at 8:04 of the first period beating UMass netminder Paul Dainton (Fort McMurray, Alb.) with a shot from just to the right of the net off a feed from Ben Holmstrom (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Patrick Cey (Saskatoon, Sask.) had the secondary assist.
Ortiz tied the game at 11:55 with the first of two straight UMass goals. Ortiz's goal came from inside the slot off a centering pass from Matt Burto (Branford, Conn.) Chris Davis (Simsbury, Conn.) had the second assist.
Braun made it 2-1 Minutemen just 1:45 into the second period on an odd man rush. Braun, the trailer on the play, got the goal from Davis and Cory Quirk (Brockton, Mass.).
Potacco evened scored the equalizer for UML with 10:12 with an assist from Ryan Blair (Ashburn, Va.). Blair has points in two straight after earning an assist Friday night at New Hampshire.
At 5:17 of the third, Falite gave the River Hawks their second lead of the night jamming home a loose puck in front of the net. Holmstrom and Cey had the assists.
The UML lead lasted until the 9:17 mark of the third when Marcou scored his second goal of the season from John Wessbecker (Victoria, Minn.) and Topher Bevis (Harvard, Mass.).
The Minutemen out-shot the River Hawks 39 to 28 for the game. UML has been out shot in each of its last four games.
UMass was 1-for-7 with 12 shots on the power play. The River Hawks were 0-for-3 with one shot on their man-advantages.
Nevin Hamilton got the start in goal for UML and made a career high 36 saves. The career best in saves marked the second straight night that a River Hawk goaltender posted a career high. Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, Ont.) had a career-best 39 stops Friday night at UNH.
Dainton made 25 saves for the Minutemen in the draw.
The River Hawks return to the ice Friday night at Providence. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. The Minutemen also return to action Friday night to host Boston College.