Saturday, January 24, 2009
UMASS LOWELL UPENDS MERRIMACK, 3-2
Mark Roebothan scores twice for River Hawks
NORTH ANDOVER, MA. - Mark Roebothan scored twice, including the game-winner with 7:30 remaining as UMass Lowell defeated Merrimack 3-2 for the second straight game Saturday night at Lawler Arena. Roebothan scored his first of two goals in the third period at 4:56, as he buried a rebound off a Jeremy Dehner shot past Joe Cannata to give the visitors the 2-1 lead. But Merrimack responded, as senior Mickey Rego notched his first goal in the last two seasons, backhanding a loose puck past Nevin Hamilton at 11:14 of the third to tie the game at two. Ryan Flanigan and Justin Bonitatibus picked up the assists with hard work behind the net beating the River Hawks to loose pucks. Just 1:26 later, Roebothan tallied the game-winner, as he was left wide open in between the circles and took a pass from Scott Campbell and buried it over the blocker of a helpless Cannata. The Warriors were stymied the rest of the way by Lowell's defense and managed just six third-period shots after firing 26 in the first two periods. This was the ninth one-goal loss for Merrimack in its 13 defeats this season. Matt Ferreira gave the River Hawks the early lead as found a rebound in front of Cannata just 2:08 into the game and knocked it into the net for his fourth of the year. Playing in his first collegiate game, Michael Scheu earned the primary assist on Lowell's first goal. Chris Barton evened the score late in the second on the power play as he got his own rebound in front of Hamilton and put it home for his sixth of the season. Rob Ricci and Jesse Todd picked up the assists on Barton's goal at 13:41 of the second. Hamilton stopped 30 shots while Cannata, making his third straight start, had 26 saves. Merrimack (5-14-3, 2-12-2 HEA) returns to the ice Friday when #2 Boston University visits Lawler Arena at 7 p.m.