Quantcast

College Hockey:
Vetri Stonewalls BC In Lowell Win

— The Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks finished a weekend sweep of second-ranked Boston College with a 4-1 win Saturday night at Tsongas Arena, marking the first time this season the Eagles have suffered back-to-back losses.

With the win, UML remained in the hunt for home ice in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs and raised its overall record to 19-7-4 (10-7-3 Hockey East). Boston College fell to 19-6-5 (12-3-5) on the year.

uml m pandolfo Vetri Stonewalls BC In Lowell Win

Mark Pandolfo was Lowell’s offensive star Saturday (photo: Melissa Wade).

“I’d like to give BC a lot of credit. As it seems it happens too often to them, they’re undermanned. They’ve got a lot of guys that are playing injured,” River Hawks head coach Blaise MacDonald said. “They’re really playing with a lot of guts and determination. I thought we were fortunate to catch them at the time that we did.”

After a scoreless first period, Stephen Gionta put Boston College up 1-0 with assistance from Chris Collins at 1:08 of the middle stanza.

But UML junior forward Mark Pandolfo evened the score 1-1 at 5:26. Todd Fletcher and Elias Godoy garnered assists on the play.

Godoy gave the River Hawks a 2-1 lead at 9:38 when Pandolfo intercepted a pass at the blueline and directed the puck to the breaking Godoy, who skated in on BC netminder Matti Kaltiainen and directed a high shot past the goaltender’s left shoulder.

Freshman defenseman Grant Farrell extended the UML advantage to 3-1 when his shot from the blueline bounced off legs and found its way into the net at 15:08. Fletcher and Matt Walsh set up Farrell’s second goal of the season.

Sophomore Jeremy Hall added an insurance marker into the empty net at 19:12 of the third period for a 4-1 final. Defensemen Cleve Kinley and Matt Collar earned assists on the play.

Freshman goaltender Peter Vetri made a career-best 39 saves to earn the win, while Kaltiainen stopped 24 shots for the Eagles. UML was 1-6 on the power play, while holding BC scoreless in four opportunities.

The following is a self-policing forum for discussing views on this story. Comments that are derogatory, make personal attacks, are abusive, or contain profanity or racism will be removed at our discretion. USCHO.com is not responsible for comments posted by users. Please report any inappropriate or offensive comments by clicking the “Flag” link next to that comment in order to alert the moderator.

Please also keep “woofing,” taunting, and otherwise unsportsmanlike behavior to a minimum. Your posts will more than likely be deleted, and worse yet, you reflect badly on yourself, your favorite team and your conference.

BNY Mellon Wealth Management