DULUTH, Minn. – – Junior defenseman Dylan Zink (Madison, Wis.) tied a career-high with two goals and sophomore forward C.J. Smith (Des Moines, Iowa) notched a career-high four points (1g,3a) to lead the No. 7 ranked UMass Lowell Hockey team to a 6-3 victory at No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday night at AMSOIL Arena in the non-conference series finale in front of 5,703 fans.
With the series split, the River Hawks improve to 4-1-2 overall, while UMD falls to 3-2-2 on the season.
“We are proud of the kids, they played with a lot of urgency tonight, as we tried to secure a few points on the road and we were able to do that against a very good hockey team,” said River Hawks Head Coach Norm Bazin.
The Bulldogs scored twice at the beginning of the third period in just 52 seconds apart with goals by Austin Farley and Brendan Kotyk at 17:18 and 16:26. Senior forward Adam Chapie (Oxford, Mich.) added his third tally of the season with 12:39 left in the game and sophomore forward C.J. Smith (Des Moines, Iowa) potted his second goal of the season with a wrister from the top of the slot at 13:03 to seal the win for UMass Lowell.
Zink scored two goals just 42 seconds apart in the second frame at 6:12 and 6:54, respectively. The first goal came from the high slot and the second goal came on an off-angle wrister from the right circle.
Sophomore defenseman Tyler Mueller (Regina, Sask.) opened the scoring the game at the 14:43 mark of the first period with a slapshot from the left point that beat UMD goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo high glove side. The Bulldogs tied the game with 19.2 seconds left in the period on the equalizer by Kyle Osterberg to close out the period. Minnesota-Duluth held a 9-5 shot advantage in the first period.
Senior goaltender Kevin Boyle (Manalapan, N.J.) totaled 25 saves on the night in his fourth victory of the season, while Kaskisuo recorded 13 stops in the contest in 40 minutes of play. Matt McNeely came in relief in the final 20 minutes and registered 12 saves for the Bulldogs.
UMass Lowell finished the night 2-for-5 on the power play and went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.
The River Hawks return to action for a two-game Hockey East road series beginning on Friday, November 6th at Vermont. Game time from Gutterson Fieldhouse is 7 p.m.