|1st||1:44||UML||1-0||EV||Adam Chapie (10)||Nick Master/8, John Edwardh/2|
|1st||13:21||UML||2-0||PP GW||Michael Kapla (3)||John Edwardh/3, Adam Chapie/11|
|2nd||8:47||UML||3-0||EV||Gage Hough (2)||Michael Kapla/12, C.J. Smith/12|
|3rd||9:01||UMA||1-3||EV||Shane Walsh (15)||Steven Iacobellis/13, Ivan Chukarov/4|
|3rd||12:21||UML||4-1||PP||Dylan Zink (6)||Joe Gambardella/15, C.J. Smith/13|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|UMass Lowell (13-4-4)||2/5||3/6||0|
|UMass Lowell Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kevin Boyle (W, 13-4-4)||59:54||1||2||10||5||17|
|Nic Renyard (L, 4-7-4)||58:50||4||8||10||15||33|
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts hockey was unable to recover from a slow start in the first period and suffered a 4-1 setback to No. 11 UMass Lowell on Friday night at the Mullins Center. With the loss, the Minutemen fall to 7-11-4 overall, 2-6-4 in Hockey East, while the River Hawks improve to 13-4-4 on the season and 8-2-3 in league action.
Senior Shane Walsh scored his team-leading 15th goal of the year, becoming just the fifth Minuteman to reach the 15-goal mark in a single season in the past decade. Junior Steven Iacobellis registered an assist for his 13th of the year and seventh point in the last seven games, while freshman Ivan Chukarov picked up a helper for a second consecutive contest.
UMass Lowell opened the scoring just 1:44 into the first period as Nick Master and John Edwardh set up Adam Chapie for a one-timer slap shot from the right point that found the top left corner of the UMass net.
The River Hawks pushed the margin to 2-0 with a power-play tally 13:21 into the first. Michael Kapla's wrister off a feed from Edwardh and Chapie found its way through traffic and past Minutemen netminder Nic Renyard.
Shortly after a UMass power play expired, UMass Lowell added its third goal of the night at the 8:47 mark of the second period. Gage Hough tipped home a pass from Kapla and C.J. Smith at the doorstep.
Walsh put the Minutemen on the board 9:01 into the third period, rocketing a wrist shot under the cross bar from the left faceoff circle after collecting the puck from Iacobellis and Chukarov.
However, the River Hawks regained their three-goal cushion with Dyan Zink converting on the power play at 12:21 to cap off the scoring. Joe Gambardella and Smith logged assists on the tally.
UMass Lowell finished the night with a 37-18 shot advantage and went 2-for-5 on the power play, while UMass was 0-for-2.
Nic Renyard made 33 saves in net, seeing his first action since Dec. 11, while Kevin Boyle had 17 stops for the River Hawks.
The teams will be back in action tomorrow, Jan. 16, when the squads will square off in Lowell, Mass., at 7 p.m. in the Tsongas Center.