Nov. 28, 2009

LOWELL, Mass. - The University of Maine men's ice hockey team knocked off third-ranked UMass Lowell 3-1 on Friday night at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass. The Black Bears improve to 5-7-1 on the season and even their record to 4-4-1 in Hockey East play. UMass Lowell falls to 8-4-1 overall and 4-3-1 in Hockey East play.

The two teams played a scoreless first period. Maine held a 13-11 edge in shots on goal in the frame.

UMass Lowell struck first just 58 seconds into the second period. The River Hawks had several shots that Maine goalie Scott Darling (Lemont, Ill.) was able to stop, but the rebound sat in the crease until Kory Falite was able to put it by Darling. For Falite, it was his sixth goal of the season. Ben Holmstrom assisted on the goal for the River Hawks.

Maine tied the game at 1-1 when Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta) one-timed a pass from Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) past UMass Lowell goalie Nevin Hamilton from the top of the face-off circle. For House, it was his fourth goal of the season. Mark Nemec (Rouses Point, N.Y.), who returned to the lineup after missing 10 games with an injury, also assisted on the goal for the Black Bears. For Nemec, it was his first career point.

Maine took a 2-1 lead with just 27 seconds left in the second period when Adam Shemansky (Robbinsville, N.J.) tipped home a Spencer Abbott (Hamilton, Ontario) shot from the blueline on the power play. For Shemansky, it was his seventh goal which tied Nyquist for the team lead. David deKastrozza (Toms River, N.J.) also assisted on the play for the Black Bears, as he got the puck to Abbott to start the play.

Maine had a 26-20 edge in shots after two periods of play.

The River Hawks had a great chance to tie the game 5:40 into the third period, but Darling made a great save to preserve the 2-1 Maine lead.

Maine got an insurance goal when House scored his second of the night at 17:04 off a shot in transition from the left face-off circle. For House, it was his fifth goal of the season. Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) made the pass up to House in the neutral zone. Will O'Neill (Salem, Mass.) also assisted on the goal which gave Maine the two-goal lead.

Maine goalie Scott Darling made 27 saves in goal. He improves to 5-3-1 on the season. Nevin Hamilton made 30 saves in goal for the River Hawks. He falls to 4-1-1 on the season.

Maine finished the game with a 33-28 advantage in shots. The Black Bears were 1-for-3 on the power play, while UMass Lowell was scoreless in three chances.

The Black Bears return to action on Saturday, Nov. 28 when they host St. Lawrence at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Tickets remain for the game and can be purchased at the door.