UMASS LOWELL ROLLS PAST AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL, 6-1
Sophomore forwards Ryan McGrath and A.J. White each post goal and assist for River Hawks
LOWELL, Mass. (December 3, 2013) - The #6 ranked UMass Lowell River Hawks (11-4-0, 4-1-0 Hockey East) rolled to their 6th straight win, topping the visiting American International College Yellow Jackets (3-8-0, 3-4-0 AHA) 6-1. Six different goal scorers lit the lamp for the River Hawks, all with even strength goals.
Ryan McGrath (O'Fallon, Mo.) got UMass Lowell on the board quickly, tipping home a Jake Suter (Lac du Flambeau, Wisc.) wrist shot from the right point just 15 seconds into the game. 49 seconds later, A.J. White scored what would prove to be the eventual game winner, wheeling a shot that beat AIC's Ty Reichenbach on the glove side. Terrance Wallin (Yardley, Penn.) closed out the first period scoring at 17:33, picking up a Josh Holmstrom (Colorado Springs, Col.) shot off the post and driving it past Reichenbach to give the River Hawks the 3-0 first period lead.
UMass Lowell picked up where they left off in the 2nd period as Derek Arnold (Foxboro, Mass.) picked a Zack Kamrass (Atlanta, GA) shot out of the air and deflected it past AIC's Hunter Leisner, who replaced Reichenbach in net at the start of the period. Chris Maniccia (St. Cathararine's, ON) upped the score to 5-0, banging home a rebound at 16:27 to close out the 2nd period scoring.
AIC got on the board in the 3rd as Carson Grolla wound and fired, blasting a shot that Carr caught a piece off but could not keep out of the net. 1:06 later, Adam Chapie (Oxford, Mich.) added his name to the scoring roster, closing out the night, one-timing an A.J. White shot and shooting it five-hole to give the River Hawks the 6-1 win.
River Hawks goaltender Doug Carr (Hanover, Mass.) picked up his fifth win of the season with 20 saves on 21 shots while the Yellow Jackets' Riechenbach surrendered three goals on 10 shots and Leisner finished with 3 goals on 34 shots.
UMass Lowell will be back in action Sunday, December 8 at 4 PM when they travel to Maine to face the Black Bears. The game, originally scheduled for Saturday, was rescheduled to Sunday afternoon due to a UMaine playoff football game. The team will then be idle until after Christmas, traveling to UVM December 28 and 29 to take part in the Catamount Cup tournament. AIC will play the first pair of five straight on the road, traveling to RIT Friday and Saturday for a two-game set.