|1st||7:00||NDM||1-0||EV||Jack Jenkins (7)||Dennis Gilbert/22, Andrew Peeke/10|
|1st||7:25||UML||1-1||EV||Colin O'Neill (6)||Kenny Hausinger/8, Ryan Lohin/15|
|1st||9:31||UML||2-1||EV GW||Ryan Lohin (10)||Mattias Göransson/18, Tyler Mueller/5|
|2nd||6:34||UML||3-1||EV||C.J. Smith (21)||Joe Gambardella/32|
|2nd||18:52||UML||4-1||EV||Michael Kapla (3)||Kenny Hausinger/9, Ryan Lohin/16|
|3rd||2:58||UML||5-1||EV||Nick Marin (2)||Ryan Collins/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Notre Dame (21-11-5)||0/2||2/4||0|
|UMass Lowell (25-10-3)||0/2||2/4||0|
|Notre Dame Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Cal Petersen (L, 21-11-5)||59:54||5||11||15||10||36|
|UMass Lowell Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Tyler Wall (W, 24-9-1)||60:00||1||2||14||3||19|
BOSTON, Mass.- Freshman Ryan Lohin (Chadds Ford, Pa.) scored a goal and set up two others as top-seeded UMass Lowell scored five unanswered goals en route to a 5-1 win over fourth-seeded Notre Dame in the opening semifinal of the 33rd annual Hockey East Championship Friday night at TD Garden. Lohin's first period goal snapped a 1-1 tie to lift the River Hawks to their fourth straight trip to the title game and seventh overall.
UMass Lowell (25-10-3) will face the winner of the semifinal nightcap between second-seeded Boston University and third-seeded Boston College. They have now won 10 of their last 11 after losing four straight in the end of January. A perfect 7-0-0 in February earned them a share of the regular season title and the top seed in the tournament.
Jack Jenkins (Lake Bluff, Ill.) opened the scoring for Notre Dame at the 7:00 mark as his dump-in shot from just over the Irish blueline took a bounce past UML goalie Tyler Wall (Leamington, Ont.). Dennis Gilbert (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Andrew Peeke (Parkland, Fla.) picked up the assists on what was the Irish's first shot on goal of the game and their only shot until just over three minutes left in the period.
Just 25 seconds later Colin O'Neil (Odenton, Md.) tied it for UMass Lowell with a low drive from the high slot finishing a nice feed from Kenny Hausinger (Anchorage, Alaska), who picked up a rebound of Lohin's drive from the slot. At 9:31 of the first, Lohin gave the River Hawks the lead punching in a rebound of a shot from the blue line by Mattias Goransson (Slottsbron, Sweden). Tyler Mueller (Regina, Sask.) also picked up an assist as UML took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission after out-shooting Notre Dame 13-3 in the period.
C.J. Smith (Des Moines, Iowa) and Joe Gambardella (Staten Island, N.Y.) combined to make it 3-1 for the River Hawks at 6:34 of the second. Gambardella circled the Notre Dame net before feeding Smith at the right face off circle who beat Irish goalie Cal Petersen (Waterloo, Iowa) for his team-high 21st of the year. UMass Lowell senior captain Michael Kapla (Eau Claire, Wis.) added another with 1:08 left in the middle period on assists from Hausinger and Lohin.
Early in the third, freshman Nick Marin (Shrewsbury, Mass.) took advantage of a Notre Dame turnover to wrap up the scoring with his second of the season. Ryan Collins (Newton, Mass.) picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and broke in alone on Petersen, who saved Collins' shot before Marin rapped home the rebound.
Wall made 19 saves in the victory including 14 in the second period as the River Hawks out-shot Notre Dame, 40-20, in a dominating offensive effort against one of the better defensive teams in Hockey East. Irish Captain Petersen, named Thursday to the Hockey East First All-Star Team, made 35 stops.
No. 1 UMass Lowell will square off with the winner of Boston University and Boston College in Saturday's championship tilt at 7 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
-With Friday's win, UMass Lowell advanced to its fifth consecutive Hockey East Championship Game and seventh overall. All-time, UMass Lowell is 2-4 in the title game, winning in 2013 and 2014.
- UMass Lowell is now 44-46-3 all-time in the Hockey East tournament. Under Norm Bazin, the River Hawks are now 7-2 when playing at TD Garden.
- UMass Lowell freshman Ryan Lohin registered his first career three-point effort, notching a goal along with two assists. With a pair of helpers, classmate Kenny Hausinger has now posted multi-point nights in back-to-back contests.
- River Hawks senior captain Michael Kapla has skated in 158 consecutive games, the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men's hockey. Tonight he also tied the UML program record for consecutive games played.
- River Hawks senior Joe Gambardella has notched a point in three consecutive games and in eight of his last 10.
- Notre Dame wraps up its Hockey East tenure with an 8-8-0 record in league tournament action including losses in its two trips to the semifinals.
- UMass Lowell now leads the all-time series with Notre Dame 9-2-2, including a 4-1 mark in the Hockey East Tournament
- Both semifinal appearances made by the Irish have been pitted against UMass Lowell. Previously the sides crossed paths in 2014, leading to a 4-0 decision in favor of the River Hawks.
- Notre Dame was held to just three shots on goal in the first period, the second-fewest in one period in the Hockey East Semifinals. Three teams have put only two shots on goal in a period; most recently Boston College in the third period against Vermont in 2010.
- The 20 shots on goal for the Irish were the fewest by a team in a semifinal game since
Vermont was held to 16 against Boston University on March 21, 2008.