LOWELL, MA (Nov. 4, 2006) - Senior Jeremy Hall (Mays Landing, NJ) scored two goals and freshman goalie Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, ONT) earned his first career shutout as UMass Lowell defeated Merrimack College, 5-0, Saturday night in a Hockey East clash at the Tsongas Arena.
The victory extended UML's unbeaten streak to five games (3-0-2) as they improved to 3-2-3 overall and 2-0-2 in Hockey East. The Warriors slipped to 1-6-1 overall and 1-3-0 in Hockey East.
UML visits Maine Friday at 7:00 and returns to Lowell Friday, Nov. 17 to host the University of New Hampshire.
The shutout was the first for Hutton, who turned away 14 shots as UML outshot the Warriors 31-14. Sophomore Patrick Watson (Waltham, MA) had 26 saves for Merrimack.
Senior Jason Tejchma (Muskegon, MI) added one goal and one assist, extending his point streak to four games. Senior D Cleve Kinley (Powell River, BC) and freshmen Ben Holmstrom (Colorado Springs, CO) and Paul Worthington (Langhorne, PA) each added two assists.
UML capitalized on two of nine power play opportunities and kept Merrimack scoreless on three.
The River Hawks scored two goals in the first period; wasting little time as freshman Kory Falite (Billerica, MA) gave UML a 1-0 lead just 47 seconds into the game off a feed from freshman Holstrom. Tejchma gave UML a 2-0 cushion 9:18 into the first period on its second power play opportunity off assists from Kinley and freshman Jeremy Dehner (Madison, WI).
Kinley helped set up Hall's first goal 3:32 into the second period to give UML a 3-0 lead (Worthington also assisted) and freshman Frank Stegnar (Toronto, ONT) scored his first collegiate goal 13:55 into the period with help from sophomore Mark Roebothan (St. John's, NF) and Holstrom.
Hall capped the scoring 9:56 into the third period on UML's eighth power play opportunity with assists from Worthington and Tejchma.
"It thought it was a good effort by us," said UML head coach Blaise MacDonald. "I was really interested to see how we were going to come back and play after having a real good outing against BU last night. I thought we played well and had some energy. Obviously we scoring early helped in the first period. I thought we maintained good habits throughout the game."