Feb. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Lowell

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (Feb. 13, 2009) - Ben Holmstrom (Colorado Springs, Colo.) tied a career high with three points and Nevin Hamilton made 27 saves as UMass Lowell shut out No. 15 Boston College, 6-0, Friday night in Hockey East action at the Conte Forum.

The River Hawks have won two straight and five of the last six. They improve to 14-13-0 overall and 11-9-0 in league play. The loss snapped the Eagles two-game win streak. They fall to 13-10-4 overall and 8-8-4 against the league.

Holmstrom factored into the first three goals of the night, scoring the first two goals for UML and assisting on a third. He opened the scoring at 2:05 of the first period and added his second goal at 10:59 of the second. His first goal came on the power play. His second goal was at even strength.

Holmstrom made it a three-point night assisting on Nick Schaus' (Buffalo, N.Y.) shorthanded goal at 6:44 of the third. The goal put the River Hawks up 3-0. Schaus also had a multi-point game with a goal and an assist.

David Vallorani (Hamilton, Ont.) scored the next two goals as the River Hawks pulled away from the Eagles. Vallorani scored the first of his two at even strength at 8:05 of the third.

Just over four minutes later, at 12:15, Vallorani added his second goal of the contest, his of the season and the River Hawks' second power play goal of the night.

Senior Nick Monroe (Groton, Mass.) capped the scoring at 19:44 of the third with the River Hawks' second shorthanded tally of the game. The goal was Monroe's third of the season and second career goal against BC.

Amongst all the goals by UMass Lowell, Nevin Hamilton stopped 27 shots to record his fifth career shutout. Hamilton made 21 saves through two periods and stopped 11 BC power play shots.

The shutout was Hamilton's second of the season. He blanked Massachusetts, 2-0, on November 15 at the Mullins Center.

"Nevin Hamilton was clearly the best player on the ice," said UMass Lowell head coach Blaise MacDonald. "He gave us a chance to get a little rhythm to our game, in a game that was a very disjointed because of all of the penalty killing we had."

The shutout was the third of the year for UMass Lowell, all coming on the road. The last time BC was shutout at home was February 22, 2008 against New Hampshire. The Wildcats won that game, 2-0.

The River Hawks were a plus-4 on special teams scoring two power play goals and adding two shorthanded goals. They were 2-for-9 on the power play and 9-for-9 on the penalty kill.

In addition to scoring two goals on the power play and two shorthanded, UML also netted two even strength goals. It marked the second time in the last four games the River Hawks scored at least one goal at even strength, one on the power play and one shorthanded in a game. They turned the trick on January 30 at Maine.

John Muse (East Falmouth, Mass.) took the loss for Boston College to drop to 13-10-4. He stopped 27 of 35 shots faced.

"Getting that first goal from Ben Holmstorm was really big for our team," added MacDonald. "I was really proud of how we played in the third period, getting 21 shots on net. We did a really nice job. BC can hurt you in a lot of ways. Tonight the pucks happened to bounce our way."

The 6-0 win is the largest for UMass Lowell since it beat Maine, 6-0, to win the 2007 Florida College Classic on December 29, 2007.

Eleven different players scored for UML. Schaus joined Holmstrom and Vallorani in recording a multi-point game. He had a goal and an assist, his third career multi-point game against Boston College.

The River Hawks and Eagles conclude their weekend series, and the season series, Saturday night at the Tsongas Arena. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.