Six Minutemen register two points each

LOWELL, MA (Jan. 26, 2007) – Kevin Jarman (Aurora, ON) scored two goals and three other players had multiple points as Massachusetts rallied to defeat UMass Lowell, 6-3, Friday night at the Tsongas Arena.

With the win, the Minutemen improve to 12-8-3 overall and 9-6-1 in Hockey East. The loss drops UML to 3-18-5 overall and 2-13-2 in league play.

In addition to Jarman’s two goals, Mark Matheson (Calgary, AB), Chris Capraro (Medford, MA) and Alex Berry (Danvers, MA) had a goal and an assist for Massachusetts. Mike Kosta (Ajax, ON) rounded out the UMass scoring with an empty netter in the closing minute of the contest.

Ben Holmstrom (Colorado Springs, CO) had two goals for the River Hawks, the first multi-goal and second multi-point game of his collegiate career. Jeremy Dehner (Madison, WI) also scored for UML, his second of the season.

Matheson opened the scoring at 13:36 of the first, giving Massachusetts an early 1-0 lead. But by midway through the second period, UML led 2-1 beginning with Holmstrom’s first of the night at 5:13 of the second. Three minutes later, Dehner scored a power play marker to give UML’s its first of two leads on the night.

Jarman evened the scored for the Minutemen, his first of two on the night, at 15:29 of the second. The 3-3 scored after two marked just the second time all season the River Hawks were tied after two periods.

Holmstrom broke the tie just 4:45 into the third with UML’s second power play goal of the night. The lead lasted until the 11:44 mark when Jarman netted his second tally of the night.

The Minutemen took their first lead of the night at 16:11 when Chris Capraro found the back of the net on only the second power play opportunity for UMass. Berry added to the lead at 17:30 and Kostka capped off the scoring with an empty netter at 19:32.

Jon Quick (Hamden, CT) stopped 23 shots to earn the win, his 11th of the year. Nevin Hamilton, starting his second straight game, took the loss with 17 saves.

UML out-shot Massachusetts 26 to 23. The River Hawks were 2-for-6 on the power play. Massachusetts was 1-for-2 on the man-advantage.

“Once again it was a game where we played well in spurts,” said UML head coach Blaise MacDonald. “We were almost in the verge of taking control of the game, but we don’t give ourselves enough breathing room by scoring goals. And tonight we just made three real bad plays and reads that resulted in goals.”

The River Hawks return to the ice Saturday night at Boston College. The Minutemen are next in action Saturday night to host Boston Unviersity.