LOWELL, Mass. — It has been a great rivalry between the UMass Lowell River Hawks and Providence College Friars since UMass Lowell head coach Norm Bazin took over the reigns in Lowell and Saturday night was no different.
The No. 8/9 River Hawks picked up a big win at home on Saturday to earn a weekend-split and take two points from the No. 3 Friars, 3-1.
“It was a good two points, I thought that the urgency was there throughout the 60 minutes tonight, and I am very proud of the team,” said Bazin.
After a scoreless first period, UMass Lowell fell behind when Providence’s Brandon Tanev tallied the game’s first goal at 10:58 of the second period. The River Hawks had posted a 2-4-1 record this season when allowing their opponent to score fist, but the losing situational record didn’t stop them on Saturday.
UMass Lowell looked like they would head into the final frame of hockey with a 1-0 deficit, but freshman forward Jake Kamrass made sure things were all tied up before the intermission. Kamrass fired a smooth shot from just inside the blue line and into the top corner of the net at 19:04 of the second period to even the score at 1-1.
Another close game between these two schools had a one-point each feel to it when the the second half of the third period was underway. However, junior defenseman Michael Kapla tallied the game-winning-goal with 9:00 minutes left in regulation. Freshman forward Ryan Dmowski added an insurance goal with just over five minutes remaining to be sure to send the River Hawks home with a win.
Senior goaltender Kevin Boyle stopped 20-of-21 shots to rebound nicely from a tough night on Friday. Boyle improves to 15-5-4 on the season with a 1.70 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.
The River Hawks move to 15-5-4 on the season, 10-3-3 in Hockey East. With the win, UMass Lowell regained sole possession of first place in Hockey East.
The River Hawks welcome Arizona State University for the first time to the Tsongas Center next weekend for a two-game series. Puck drops at 7:15 p.m. eastern in the first game on Friday, January 29.