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LOWELL, Mass. — It is becoming a trend for the UMass Lowell River Hawks to see eight goals scored by a single team at the Tsongas Center. Last weekend UMass Lowell was defeated by the Michigan Wolverines, 8-4. This weekend it was the River Hawks who came out on top, downing the New Hampshire Wildcats, 8-2.

Entering Saturday night, New Hampshire had yet to allow a power play goal this season, stopping 22-of-22 chances, including 6-of-6 against the River Hawks on Friday night. This was until UMass Lowell’s Evan Campbell tallied the games first goal at 9:15 in the first period.

Chris Maniccia upped the River Hawks score only 35 seconds later and added goals at 17:27 of the first and 13:21 of the third period for his first collegiate hat trick.  The sophomore forward was also responsible for an assist on Ryan Collins‘ first collegiate goal at 15:00 of the third period, giving Maniccia four points on the night and five points (3g, 2a) on the weekend.

Maniccia’s hat trick was the 11th by a River Hawk at the Tsongas Center and first since David Vallorani on December 5, 2009.

When a team scores eight goals in a single game, multiple players are bound to end the game with at least a single point. 13 River Hawks found their way onto the scoresheet, while five of them had multi-point games. Michael Colantone picked up two goals, Jake Suter and Zack Kamrass had two assists each and Campbell tallied a goal and an assist.

Jeff Smith got the nod for the River Hawks for the second time this season. The NHL Draft hopeful stopped 27-of-29 shots on his way to his second win of the season. Smith improves to 2-0-0 with a 2.12 goals-against average and .922 save percentage over three games.

With Saturday night’s win, UMass Lowell has defeated New Hampshire in six straight games, including a 4-0 win over the Wildcats to win their second straight Hockey East title and a 2-0 win to move on to UMass Lowell’s first ever Frozen Four appearance in 2013.

Next up for the River Hawks is a home-and-home series against the Northeastern Huskies beginning on Friday, November 7 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: John Corneau/Mill City Sports