Smith Scores Twice As UMass Lowell Upends Vermont, 3-1
Junior forward C.J. Smith scores two goals for River Hawks

Junior forward C.J. Smith scored two goals for the River Hawks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 8:47  UML1-0 PP Jake Kamrass (4)Dylan Zink/4, Ryan Lohin/4
2nd 18:25  UML2-0 EV GW C.J. Smith (6)Joe Gambardella/8, John Edwardh/4
3rd 12:56  VER1-2 PP Mario Puskarich (1)Ross Colton/2, Matt O'Donnell/3
3rd 13:28  UML3-1 EV C.J. Smith (7)John Edwardh/5, Dylan Zink/5
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Vermont  0011
UMass Lowell  0213
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Vermont  108826
UMass Lowell  612624
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Vermont (4-2-1)  1/7 4/8 0
UMass Lowell (5-2-2)  1/4 7/14 0
Vermont Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Stefanos Lekkas (L, 3-1-1)57:563 610521
Empty Net2:040     
UMass Lowell Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Tyler Wall (W, 5-1-1)60:001 108725

LOWELL, Mass. -- Forward C.J. Smith (Des Moines, Iowa) turned in his third two-goal performance of the season as the UMass Lowell men's hockey team (5-2-2, 1-0-0 HEA) soared to a 3-1 victory against Vermont (4-2-1, 1-1-0) in Hockey East action Friday night at the Tsongas center in front of 5,251 fans.

"We are very excited to grab two points from a very good hockey team tonight," said Head Coach Norm Bazin. "I thought it was a very evenly played hockey game. I thought they had some better scoring opportunities in the first but we got better as the game went on especially having to kill five of the last seven penalties. Special teams were both even and it was a very tough hockey game."

Goalkeeper Tyler Wall (Leamington, Ont.) picked up his first career Hockey East Conference win after turning away 24 shots, as he improves to 5-1-1 on the year.

Smith notched the eventual game winner in the second period when his one timer gave UMass Lowell a lead they would fail to relinquish.

After 29 minutes of scoreless action, forward Jake Kamrass (Atlanta, Ga.) and the power play unit opened the scoring in the second frame. The special team's unit got the job done thanks to a Kamrass deflection off an initial slap shot from defenseman Dylan Zink (Madison, Wis.) to pick up their fourth and sixth points, respectively, on the year.

The River Hawks weren't done yet as Smith continued his offensive dominance with his first tally of the night at 18:25 in the second period to jump to a 2-0 lead. Forward's Joe Gambardella (Staten Island, N.Y.) and John Edward (Calgary, Alberta) were award the helper as the team's top line registered its 54 point (24g, 30a) in 15 games since being paired together in 2015.

The Catamounts made it a one score game, 2-1, on a power play as give Mario Puskarich give Vermont their lone score of the game.

Smith and Gambardella connected for a second time just 32 seconds after the Catamount tally, giving UMass Lowell a two-goal cushion with six minutes remaining in the final period.

Tonight's match marked the 47th meeting between the two squads in the sport of ice hockey as UMass Lowell extends its advantage in the all-time series to 24-16-7.

UMass Lowell returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 5 as the squad wraps up its two-game series against Vermont in a 7 p.m. tilt at the Tsongas Center.