Bulletin Board: UMass hockey falls to Lowell, 2-0

Staff Writer
Published: 2/10/2019 10:11:07 PM

One night after a big win in front of a sold out crowd at the Mullins Center, the No. 2 UMass hockey team was unable to overcome an early deficit, Saturday night. The Minutemen fell behind just 2:12 into the first period, and dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 15 UMass Lowell in Hockey East action at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.

The loss dropped the Minutemen to 21-6-0 overall, 13-4-0 in league action, while the River Hawks improved to 17-8-2 and 11-4-2 in Hockey East.

“We tried to bill this game to our players as a playoff-style game for first place in the league, which it was, and we weren't ready to play," said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. “To not be prepared and to basically give them an early lead, it's tough to overcome. I give UMass Lowell a ton of credit, they're obviously the best team in our league right now. They play extremely well defensively and wait for their opportunities offensively. They're heavy, strong around the net and they were better than us in those areas tonight.”

Chris Shutz scored the game’s first goal, wristing a shot past UMass goaltender Matt Murray early in the opening period to stake Lowell to a 1-0 lead. The advantage doubled later in the first stanza, when Anthony Baxter tallied during a 4-on-4 situation to make it 2-0.

UMass outshot Lowell by a 13-5 margin in the third period, but were unable to sneak one past goalkeeper Chris Hernberg (31 saves). Murray registered 32 saves for UMass.

“We weren't ready to play a playoff-style game,” said Carvel. “I felt, as the game wore on, we kind of played more accordingly and finally in the third period I think we got more shots than they did. By that time they were comfortable with a 2-0 lead and just played strong defensive hockey.”

The Minutemen, which wound up 1-1 on the weekend after knocking off Boston University at home Friday, are back at it with a home game against Boston College this Friday night at 7.

Youth basketball

Frontier SL

Claire Kirkendall posted 13 points, 17 rebounds and eight steals, and Frontier picked up a 23-18 victory over Belchertown in a Suburban League grades 5 and 6 girls basketball game Sunday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Delaney Fifield tossed in 4 points, nine rebounds and six steals to help pace Frontier.

Pioneer SL

Behind 20 points apiece from Gavin Gammell and Brayden Thayer, Pioneer snagged a 71-32 win over Greenfield in a Suburban League grades 5 and 6 boys basketball game, Sunday.

Kurt Redeker added 10 points for Pioneer, which moved to a perfect 14-0 on the season.

Greenfield’s Gavin Arsenault led his side with 13 points.

• In grades 7 and 8 action Saturday morning, Josh Wood dropped 10 points but Pioneer fell to Hatfield, 71-16, at Smith Academy.

Shawn Turner notched 4 points and Cameron Platek followed with 2.

Greenfield SL

Ryan Pulizari led 10 Greenfield scorers with 9 points, helping Greenfield to a 53-21 win over Pioneer in a Suburban League grades 7 and 8 game Sunday at Greenfield High School.

Amber Bergeron and Jacob Blanchard had 8 points apiece for Greenfield, while Josh Wood paced Pioneer with 9 points.

Turners SL

Cayden Lehtomaki (15 points) and Nojo Ausikaitis (12) scored in double figures to help Turners Falls edge Hatfield, 55-49, in SL grades 7 and 8 action last weekend.

Andre Widmer chipped in 9 points to help Turners grab the win.

Youth hockey

FCHA Bantams

Eathon Bryant potted a hat trick and registered two assists, helping the Dillon Chevrolet and Gilmore & Farrell FCHA Bantam Green team beat Holy Name, 9-6, on Sunday at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield in a Greater Springfield League North Division hockey game. 

Jayson Smith and Matt Lavoine scored two goals apiece to go with an assist. Sam Knight had a goal and two helpers, as did Matt Provencal, while Hunter Smith, Billy Woodall and Brodie Gagne all tallied an assist.

Trevor Parkinson made 13 saves in net to earn the win.

• In action Sunday, Lavoine notched the eventual game-winning goal in the second period to help FCHA blank Amherst, 1-0, at Orr Arena on the campus of Amherst College.

Bryant and Dylan Archer assisted Lavoine’s tally, while Parkinson made 26 saves to earn the shutout with help from MJ Paulin, Chris Phelps, Hunter Smith and Archer on defense. 

Preps

NMH wins

Chris Ledlum became the Northfield Mount Hermon School single-season scoring champion, passing former star Hogger Nate Laszewski and becoming the first-ever NMH player to surpass 700 points in a season as the squad defeated New Hampton School, 98-80, in NEPSAC AAA boys basketball action, Sunday.

NMH (26-4) took over first place in NEPSAC AAA with the win. Ledlum scored 16 points to go with 10 rebounds, while Greg Dolan (26 points), Ben Callahan-Gold (23) and Michael Jankovich (14) all joined him in double figures.

The Hoggers head to Vermont Academy for a 6 p.m. game on Wednesday.

Deerfield results

Mary Edmonds and Caroline Skillman tallied two goals apiece, lifting Deerfield Academy to a convincing 5-1 win over Berkshire School in girls hockey action, Saturday.

Brianna Felice also scored for the Big Green, which improved to 12-6-3 overall with the win. Jordan Manning played well in net to snag the victory.

• Elsewhere, Zach Milton gave DA a 1-0 lead in the second period but host Avon Old Farms scored the final two tallies to pick up a 2-1 victory.

Deerfield (12-7-1) received assists on Milton’s power-play goal from Eamon Doheny and Sean McAvoy.

Avon tied it with just 2:08 left in regulation, and followed with the game-winner just four seconds away from a potential overtime.

• In other action, DA swept squash tilts against Andover with identical 7-0 victories.

The boys swimming and diving team swept wins over Hotchkiss and NMH, while the girls team beat NMH but fell to Hotchkiss.

Both basketball teams suffered losses, as the girls team was defeated at home by Loomis-Chaffee, 63-43, and the boys team fell on the road at Exeter, 61-43.

The varsity wrestling team took eighth place at the New England Class A Championships.


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