LOWELL, Mass. - The No. 7 UMass Lowell hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie against No. 1 ranked Boston College in Hockey East play on Saturday night in front of a record soldout crowd of 7,649 fans at the Tsongas Center.
With the tie the River Hawks own a 20-8-4 overall record (10-5-3 in Hockey East). Boston College is now 25-4-4 overall, 16-1-2 in conference action.
Sophomore forward Adam Chapie (Oxford, Mich.) got UMass Lowell on the board at 6:42 in the third period on a wrist shot from the left circle on the power play, beating BC goalie Thatcher Demko high over his right shoulder. Sophomore forward A.J. White (Dearborn, Mich.) tied the game for the River Hawks just 2:27 later at 9:09 of the third frame with his fourth goal of the season on a rebound from a Zack Kamrass (Atlanta, Ga.) shot from the left point. White collected the puck on the inside of the left circle and beat Demko to make it a 2-2 game.
Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau got the Eagles on the board first at 9:04 of the second period and the Eagles made it a 2-0 game just 1:56 later on a goal by freshman Ryan Fitzgerald.
The teams skated to a scoreless first period, but the River Hawks had two great chances at the end of the period by Chapie and senior forward Joe Pendenza (Wilmington, Mass.). The Eagles outshot UMass Lowell, 11-5, in the first period of action. UMass Lowell senior defenseman Joe Houk (Richboro, Pa.) posted a team-high five shots on goal and four block shots. Sophomore blueliner Christian Folin (Gothenburg, Sweden) also had five shots on goal on the night for the River Hawks.
Senior Doug Carr (Hanover, Mass.) was named the game's No. 1 star on senior night making 41 saves in the River Hawks' net. His 41 saves were four short of tying a career-high. Carr, who made his first start for the River Hawks in the last seven games, owns a 7-1-2 record in his last 10 starts. Demko ended the night with 28 stops for the Eagles.
The River Hawks will hit the road for the final week of the regular-season with a two-game series at Vermont beginning on Friday, February 28 at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Game time is 7pm from Burlington, Vt.