UMass Lowell Scores Three Goals In Final Period To Down Northeastern, 6-4
Senior defenseman Michael Kapla hands out three assists for River Hawks

Senior defenseman Michael Kapla had three assists for the River Hawks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 9:27  NOE1-0 PP Adam Gaudette (16)Dylan Sikura/28, Garret Cockerill/18
1st 11:57  NOE2-0 EV Matt Filipe (6)Zach Aston-Reese/21, Eric Williams/10
1st 18:02  UML1-2 EV Dylan Zink (9)Michael Kapla/17, Kenny Hausinger/4
2nd 1:05  NOE3-1 PP Adam Gaudette (17)Jeremy Davies/10, Garret Cockerill/19
2nd 2:30  UML2-3 PP C.J. Smith (15)Michael Kapla/18, Mattias Göransson/11
2nd 18:05  UML3-3 EV Jake Kamrass (10)John Edwardh/11
3rd 8:49  UML4-3 EV Connor Wilson (3)Mattias Göransson/12, Tyler Mueller/4
3rd 10:30  NOE4-4 EV Matt Filipe (7)Dylan Sikura/29, Zach Aston-Reese/22
3rd 14:11  UML5-4 EV GW Ryan Dmowski (6)Tommy Panico/5
3rd 19:15.8 UML6-4 EV EN Kenny Hausinger (6)Ryan Lohin/11, Michael Kapla/19
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
UMass Lowell  1236
Northeastern  2114
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
UMass Lowell  5111026
Northeastern  1041024
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
UMass Lowell (16-9-3)  1/2 3/6 0
Northeastern (11-11-5)  2/3 2/4 0
UMass Lowell Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Tyler Wall (W, 15-8-1)59:574 83920
Empty Net0:030     
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Ruck (L, 11-10-4)59:425 49720
Empty Net0:181     

BOSTON - Two goals apiece from Adam Gaudette and Matt Filipe were not enough for the Northeastern men's hockey team (11-11-5, 5-9-3), which saw No. 10 UMass Lowell (16-9-3, 8-7-1) score three times in the third period to skate to a 6-4 victory on Friday night at Matthews Arena.

The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Gaudette and Filipe before Dylan Zink made it 2-1 after the first period. Gaudette netted his second power play goal of the game early in the second period to regain Northeastern's two-goal lead, but C.J. Smith and Jake Kamrass found the back of the net early and late in the frame to send the teams to the dressing rooms tied at three after two.

While shots were even at 10 apiece in the final frame, it was the River Hawks who capitalized on their opportunities, taking a 4-3 lead with a strike from Connor Wilson 8:49 into the third period. Filipe responded with his second of the game less than two minutes later to knot the game at four, but Ryan Dmowski and UML pounced on a Northeastern turnover with 5:49 to go to pot the eventual game-winner, and Kenny Hausinger added an empty netted in the final minute of the game to close out the scoring.

UMass Lowell outshot NU 26-24 in the game while the Huskies won 37-of-69 face-offs. Both teams, which entered the night with the top two power play units in the league, used its to its advantage with Northeastern going 2-of-3 and the River Hawks 1-of-2. Both Ryan Ruck and Tyler Wall had 20 stops between the pipes.

Goal descriptions:

- Northeastern took a 1-0 lead with Gaudette's 16th of the year midway through the first period. After the River Hawks cleared the puck down ice, Garret Cockerill collected it and sped back up ice for tossing to Sikura in the neutral zone. Sikura then skated across the blue line and towards the right corner, drawing a pair of River Hawk defenders towards him before leaving a drop pass for Gaudette joining the rush. Gaudette then settled the puck and ripped a wrist shot over Wall's glove for the score.

- The Huskies extended the lead to two just 2:30 after Gaudette's tally with one from Filipe. Eric Williams began the play by finding Zach Aston-Reese crossing into the attacking zone. Aston-Reese then powered his way down the right side before sending the puck into danger atop the crease, catching Filipe's skate and sneaking through Wall for Filipe's sixth of the year. The officials reviewed the goal and upheld the call on the ice.

- UMass Lowell cut into the deficit with 1:58 left in the opening frame on a transition goal from Zink. After the River Hawks killed off a two-minute minor to Kenny Hausinger, Hausinger hit Michael Kapla with a pass atop the zone from the right side. Kapla then fed the puck down low to Zink on the doorstep for the tap-in past Ruck for his ninth of the year.

- NU made it 3-1 just 1:05 into the second period on Gaudette's second of the night. With Northeastern beginning the period with 1:39 of power play time, Cockerill broke the puck out of the defensive zone to Jeremy Davies, who then streaked down the left side before centering to Gaudette, who sent a one-timer past Wall shortside.

- The River Hawks fired right back with a power play strike of its own, this one from Smith, 1:25 after Gaudette's goal. Upon entering the attacking zone, Smith played catch with Kapla at the point before Smith shifted down towards the dot for a one-timer from the right side that got through Ruck for Smith's ninth of the year.

- UML leveled the score at three with 1:58 remaining in the second period on Kamrass' 10th of the season. After the Huskies caused a turnover in the defensive zone and attempted to regroup, John Edwardh picked the pocket of a Husky defenseman before finding Kamrass in the slot. His initial shot was stopped by Ruck, but Kamrass quickly collected the rebound and pounded it home.

- UMass Lowell took its first lead of the evening with 11:11 remaining in regulation when Wilson netted his third of the season. With UML controlling the puck in the attacking zone, Tyler Mueller sent the puck across to Mattias Goransson along the half wall. Goransson then spotted Wilson near the left post, and threaded a pass down low for a one-timer past Ruck.

- Northeastern answered quickly to knot the game at four less than two minutes after the Wilson goal on Filipe's second of the evening. Aston-Reese, similar to earlier in the game, muscled his way towards the cage before sending the puck across to Sikura on the far side. Sikura's snap shot caught the pants of a River Hawk defenseman near the net, sending the puck into the crease where Filipe knocked it home for the score.

- The River Hawks went ahead 5-4 with 5:49 remaining in regulation when UMass Lowell capitalized on a Northeastern turnover, resulting in Dmowski's sixth of the year. After Ruck had made a save, landing the puck on the stick on an NU defender, the Huskies attempted to clear the puck over the UML defense. Tommy Panico, though, was able to glove the puck down to keep it in the zone before finding Dmowski in the slot for a shot that rang off the right post and past Ruck.

- UMass Lowell added an insurance marker with 44.2 seconds remaining in regulation when Hausinger buried an empty net goal from behind the red line to give the River Hawks a 6-4 lead.

Stats of the game:

- Northeastern is now 44-60-10 all-time against UMass Lowell.

- Gaudette's first period goal gave him 40 points this season, marking the 12th time in team history, and first time since 1993-94, that the Huskies have had three players with at least 40 points (Mike Taylor, Jordon Shields, J.F. Aube).

- Gaudette's strikes were also the 40th and 41st power play goals this year. It's the first time since the 2001-02 season that NU has converted at least 40 times on the power play.

- Aston-Reese moved into 26th place on Northeastern's all-time assists list with 72.

- Cockerill's two assists give him 25 points on the year (six goals, 19 assists), a new career-high.

- Gaudette (six games; 7-4-11), Sikura (six games; 5-10-15), Cockerill (five games; 1-7-8) and Filipe (four games; 4-3-7) all extended point streaks on Friday night.

The road ahead:

- Northeastern will be back in action on Monday night when the Huskies battle No. 5/6 Harvard in the Beanpot semifinal at 5 p.m. The game will be aired live on NESN and TSN2.