UMASS LOWELL RALLIES TO TOP NORTHEASTERN IN OVERTIME, 5-4
Freshman defenseman Christian Folin nets game-winner at 3:07 of overtime for River Hawks
BOSTON (Jan. 26, 2013) - Freshman D Christian Folin (Gothenberg, Sweden) scored 3:07 into overtime to cap a run of four unanswered goals as No. 12/15 UMass Lowell defeated Northeastern, 5-4, Saturday night in a Hockey East clash in front of a school-record attendance of 7,013 at the Tsongas Center.
With the win, UMass Lowell extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games entering Friday's game at Merrimack (7:00). The River Hawks improved to 14-7-2 overall and 8-6-2 in Hockey East and moved into a share of fifth place with the Warriors (10-10-4, 8-6-3), who suffered a 6-2 loss at New Hampshire.
Northeastern slipped to 7-12-3 overall and 4-10-3 in Hockey East.
Folin's goal capped a furious fightback which saw the River Hawks battle back from a 4-1 deficit in the third period. Junior Joe Pendenza (Wilmington, Mass.) won the puck in the right corner and passed to sophomore D Jake Suter (Lac du Flambeau, Wisc.) at the right point.
Suter crossed to Folin at the left point, whose slapshot beat Northeastern goalie Bryan Mountain on the nearside which sent the Tsongas Center into raptures.
Northeastern took a 4-1 lead 48 seconds into the third period when senior F Steve Morra backhanded past junior G Doug Carr (Hanover, Mass.).
Pendenza, who had one goal and three assists, gave UMass Lowell a lifeline 8:53 into the third period when freshman A.J. White (Dearborn, Mich.) drove down the left side and fed Pendenza to his right, who wristed home to cut the lead in half.
Junior Derek Arnold (Foxboro, Mass.) provided the highlight reel of the night when he took a dropoff from Carr, drove the length of the ice and weaved to the right side before rifling past Mountain to bring the River Hawks within one.
With 56 seconds left in regulation and an empty net, senior F Riley Wetmore (Swanton, Vt.) leveled for UMass Lowell out of a scramble with help from Pendenza and junior D Joe Houk (Richboro, Pa.).
Northeastern attacked the net from the onset and scored its first three goals off rebounds.
At 11:15 into the first period, freshman F Ryan Belonger pounced on a rebounded shot from junior Zak Stone. Fifty-six seconds into the second period, junior Braden Pimm put back the rebound off a shot by senior Vinny Saponari, and senior Garrett Vermeersch scored on a similar play at 10:58.
UMass Lowell outshot the Huskies 38-17 as Carr stopped 13 shots to improve to 8-6-1 while Mountain had 33 saves.