Lowell Wins Fourth Straight
BC Rallies to Top NU in OT; Notre Dame Gets First HEA Win
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Highlights of Boston College's comeback win over Northeastern.
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That 1-3 start is a thing of the past for Massachusetts-Lowell now, after it won its fourth straight with a 3-2 overtime victory over New Hampshire on Saturday.
New Hampshire (1-5-1, 0-2-0 HEA) is now winless in its last five.
Derek Arnold silenced the home fans, scoring at 3:17 of overtime for the River Hawks. It was a power-play goal, coming moments after Lowell killed a penalty of its own.
“I saw a ton of room, and I had to take the shot,” Arnold said. “I got it elevated, and it was lucky to go post and in.”
Lowell had just three shots in the first period, but came alive in the second. The Hawks scored two goals late in the period to take the lead.
River Hawks defenseman Zack Kamrass finished the night with assists on all three of Lowell’s goals while chipping in five of the team’s 24 blocked shots.
“It was a great weekend,” Lowell coach Norm Bazin said. “Whenever you can pick up points against a quality opponent like UNH, you’ve got to be very pleased. It wasn’t a work of art, but we plugged through the first period, and I thought we got better as the game went along. Both the penalty kill and the power play were big factors this weekend.”
One night after blowing a three-goal lead for its first loss of the season, Providence responded with a 3-1 win over Boston University.
BU did a good job Friday, getting off the deck for the win, especially considering its lost weekend in Michigan the week before, when it lost two third-period leads. But it couldn't finish off a Providence team that is gelling.
"The first period (Friday), they were playing at a level we weren't able to match," BU coach David Quinn said. "The second period, we decided to try to match their tempo, and as the game went on, we got more confident.
"I couldn't be prouder of them, the way they played, the way they responded. It's not easy to be down 3-0 and get our lunch handed to us the way it did. It says a lot about the character. ... It was a frustrating period to watch, especially after what happened in Michigan. I just told them, hey, the team over there is playing faster, stronger, making better passes — we need to change our mental approach on the fly. And, obviously, we did."
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Northeastern came into the weekend playing well to start the season, albeit against teams not as strong as Boston College. But still, the wins gave it confidence. However, BC crushed that, just like it does to so many teams.
The Eagles got a 4-2 win Friday behind a pair of goals from Johnny Gaudreau — who originally committed to Northeastern, remember — and followed it up by overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the third period before winning in overtime.
First-year forward Adam Gilmour made his first career goal a memorable one, scoring the OT winner.
And Gaudreau had another score, the tying goal in the third period, on a dazzler. Sophomore blue liner Teddy Doherty sent a great outlet dish to Gaudreau up the wall. With NU’s Josh Manson in his face, Gaudreau sped around the back of the left post and threw the puck off of goalie Clay Witt’s pad while behind the net to tie it up, 3-3.
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Sam Herr scored twice in 62 seconds late in the third period, spoiling Vermont's bid for a sweep of Notre Dame in Burlington. It was the first weekend of Hockey East games ever for the Irish, which lost Friday to Vermont.
The win stopped a two-game skid for Notre Dame (6-2).
“When we were down two goals, I thought we were playing much better than being down by two goals,” said Irish head coach Jeff Jackson.
“Our guys really put their heads down after the second one that was at the end of the period and came back. We got a great goal from Stephen Johns in the second to turn the corner for us and get us back in the game. This was a big win for us. I was proud of the way they came back in the third period.”
Friday, Vermont got a late goal from Mario Puskarich, the first of his career, to win the game.
"It was a playoff style hockey game. I asked my team to treat it like it was the playoffs and they certainly did," Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon said. " There wasn't a lot of room out there either way. It was a great college hockey game."
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Steve Mastalerz stopped 35 shots as Massachusetts split the weekend with Maine, winning 2-1 Saturday.