NO. 5 RIVER HAWK HOCKEY SKATES TO 2-2 TIE WITH NO. 15 NOTRE DAME

LOWELL, Mass. — The No. 5 ranked UMass Lowell Hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with No. 15 Notre Dame on Friday night in Hockey East action in front of 5,141 fans at the Tsongas Center.

The River Hawks are now 8-1-3 overall on the season (4-0-3 HEA) and Notre Dame moves to 5-2-4 and 3-0-2 in league play.

UMass Lowell got out to a 2-0 lead in the first half of the game on goals by freshman forward Nick Master (Broomall, Pa.) and junior forward Joe Gambardella (Staten Island, N.Y.) at 15:27 of the first period and 9:22 of the second. Master finished the game 11-of-17 (65%) from the faceoff circle. The River Hawks owned a 19-5 shot advantage in the first period of play.

Sophomore forward C.J. Smith (Des Moines, Iowa) registered a game-high five shots on goal for the River Hawks.

Notre Dame got on the board on the power play at 19:17 of the second period on Dennis Gilbert’s first career goal. Anders Bjork scored his third goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2 for the Fighting Irish at 9:55 of the third period.

Senior goaltender Kevin Boyle (Manalapan, N.J.) registered 26 saves on the night, while Notre Dame’s Cal Petersen finished the night with 32 stops. The Fighting Irish went 2-for-5 on the power play, while the River Hawks went 1-for-5 in the contest.

UMass Lowell will finish its two-game Hockey East series with Notre Dame on Saturday, November 21st. Game time from the Tsongas Center is 7 p.m.

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