Freshman Barry Goers scores game-tying goal for River Hawks

LOWELL, MA (Dec. 10, 2006) – Barry Goers (Ivyland, PA) scored his first career goal late in the third period to give UMass Lowell a 3-3 tie in college hockey action Sunday afternoon at Tsongas Arena.

The River Hawks improve to 3-8-4 with the tie, while the Saints move to 8-7-1. All four UML games that have gone to overtime have ended in ties.

In addition to Goers, Jason Bergeron (Ancaster, ONT) and Paul Worthington (Langhorne, PA) scored for the River Hawks. Sean Flanagan (Canton, NY), Kyle Rank (Elmira, ONT) and Mike McKenzie (Whitby, ONT) scored for St. Lawrence.

After a scoreless first period, five of the game’s six goals were scored in the second stanza. Bergeron opened the scoring at 2:35 of the second with an assist from Ben Holmstrom (Colorado Springs, CO). Worthington gave UML a 2-0 lead with a power play marker at 5:10 from Nick Schaus (Orchard Park, NY) and Jeremy Dehner (Madison, WI).

Flanagan scored the first of three unanswered goals by the Saints at 12:28 from McKenzie and Casey Parenteau (White Bear Lake, MN). One minute later, at 13:28, Rank tied the game with assists from Jordan Hack (Stony Mountain, MAN) and Charlie Griffin (Milton, ONT).

At the 18:00 minute mark, McKenzie gave SLU the lead with his sixth goal of the season from Parenteau and Drew Bagnall (Oakbank, MAN).

The score remained 3-2 until Goers netted his first career goal on the power play at 15:47 with an assist from J.R. Bria (Monroe, CT).

Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, ONT) made 15 saves to earn his fourth tie of the season. Justin Pesony (Edmonton, ALB) had 27 saves for St. Lawrence.

The River Hawks out-shot the Saints 30-18 for the game and 8-1 in the third period. UML has out-shot its opponent’s in 10 of the last 12 games. Bria had a game-high five shots on goal.

Both squads recorded two power play goals. UML was 2-for-6, while SLU was 2-for-3. The River Hawks scored two goals on the power play for the third time this season and first time since November 4 against Merrimack.

For the third time this season, all three UML goals were scored by freshmen. In all three occasions, Bergeron has netted at least one of the goals.

“It was good comeback by us,” said UML head coach Blaise MacDonald. “It was a typical game where we did enough good things to open the game up when we were up 2-0, but failed to convert on some good chances. But at the end of the day things didn’t really go our way at the start of the third either, but we found a way to get a point, so that’s good. It was nice to see the power play get two goals. There’s certainly some correctable moments from the game and some good moments to build on.”

The River Hawks return to the ice Friday night at Union. UML is at Rensselaer on Saturday night. Start time for both games is 7:00 p.m