STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's hockey team lost a hard fought 2-1 Hockey East match-up with the No. 17 UMass Lowell River Hawks Monday night from the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.
UMass Lowell's Zach Kaiser scored the game-winning goal at 17:10 in the third period to secure their first win on the season (1-1-0 HEA). UConn dropped to 1-3-1 in Hockey East with the loss.
The two teams traded power play goals, with UML's Carl Berglund scoring in the first period and UConn's Carter Turnbull (Nanaimo, British Columbia) finding the back of the net in the second period before Berglund delivered the game-winner in the closing minutes of the third.
UConn outshot UMass Lowell, 32-26 on the night and both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play. Junior Tomas Vomacka (Trutnov, Czech Republic) stopped 24 shots.
UML freshman goaltender Henry Welsch made 31 saves to record his first collegiate win in net.
The special teams battle went to the River Hawks in the first period as they killed off both Husky power plays and scored on their first chance with the extra skater. Just before the midpoint of the period, UML went to the power play and Berglund scored his first of the season. Taking a feed from the point, Reid Stefanson passed up a shot in the slot and fed Berglund in the left circle who snapped a shot past Vomacka to the far post for a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies were the special teams winners in the second and got a power play goal on their third chance of the night as Turnbull found the back of the net for his second on the season. Freshman Hudson Schandor (N. Vancouver, British Columbia) dug the puck out of the corner to junior Jonny Evans (North Delta, British Columbia) who left it for Turnbull to skate into the left circle and snipe a wrister past Welsch to the far post to tie it at 1-1 at 4:11.
The Huskies killed off a pair of River Hawk power play chances in the third period as the game stayed tied heading down the stretch. After picking the puck off the left boards, Matt Brown fired the puck on net that look to deflect and go high and wide. Kaiser picked it up off the glass and fired quick past Vomacka from the right circle for his first on the year and the go-ahead goal.
The Huskies will make the quick trip up I-91 north to face the No. 10 nationally ranked UMass Minutemen on Wednesday, December 23 at 3:30 pm live on NESN.