The River Hawks finished with a 22-9-3 regular season record. (Christina Laderoute/Connector)
“We’re very excited. To get a sweep in Hockey East is tough no matter who you play. They’re a good opponent, and we’re just glad we could close it out,” said River Hawks head coach Norm Bazin.
The River Hawks ended Boston College’s Hockey East regular season title dreams Friday night when they finished their season by winning the second game of a home-and-home series in an electric 3-1 tilt at a sold-out Tsongas Arena.
“Yeah, it obviously feels good. We wanted to win this game as a team. We battled through a little adversity at the start of the game, and it was nice to get a win,” said senior defenseman and captain Michael Kapla.
The first period of play was marked by a handful of River Hawk turnovers and a physical, fast-paced effort from Boston College, who controlled play for much of the period.
“You’ve got to give credit where credit is due. They came in and threw the kitchen sink at us,” said Coach Bazin.
The River Hawks did, however, weather the storm and manage to come out of the first period unscathed.
UMass Lowell carried the momentum from their strong defensive effort in the firstperiod into the second, where they scored two goals that would go unanswered until the final period.
Coach Bazin remarked on his team’s second period spark, saying, “That was one of the best parts of the game for me as a coach, because we showed some maturity in responding… We responded very well.”
The first goal came at just 19 seconds into play and was scored by junior winger John Edwardh, his 15th of the season. The helper came by way of senior defenseman Dylan Zink.
The next goal came less than ten minutes later to pad the lead.
Freshman Ryan Lohin scored his 9th of the season on a play started with a spin-o-rama pass from Jake Kamrass to Kenny Hausinger.
Kamrass would go on to score the game winner, his 13th goal of the season, on a wrap around, assisted by Connor Wilson and Nick Master.
“We got our bench some energy, and we took it from there. We just kept going with it,” said Kamrass.
Boston College finally broke through freshman goaltender Tyler Wall in the third with a shot from Eagles sophomore winger Colin White, his 15th of the season. White’s goal was assisted by freshman winger David Cotton and senior defenseman Scott Savage, who is third on the team in helpers with 17 on the year.
Despite being unable to pick up a shutout, Tyler Wall played one of the strongest games of his season, denying a grand total of 22 shots. Wall was not, however, alone with two of the Eagles’ shots finding the post, and countless attempts being blocked by River Hawk defensemen and forwards alike.
With the win Friday, UMass Lowell tied Boston College for first place in the conference, thanks to a loss by Boston University to Notre Dame.
“Time off is good and not good… I’m not a fan of bye weeks… It’s playoff time. We want to be the best team at the end of the year,” said Coach Bazin.