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LOWELL, Mass. - Frank Stegnar (Toronto, Ont.) and Kory Falite (Billerica, Mass.) scored power play goals and UMass Lowell defeated Alabama Huntsville, 3-1, Saturday night in college hockey action at Tsongas Arena.
With the win, the River Hawks have won two straight and improve to 2-0-1 on the year. The Chargers have dropped three straight and fall to 1-3-0 overall on the year.
In addition to Stegnar and Falite, Mark Roebothan (St. John's, Nfld.) scored for the River Hawks. Joe Federoff (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored a power play goal for Alabama Huntsville, his fourth goal of the year.
Roebothan opened the scoring at 3:13 of the first period gathering a loose puck in front of the net. Ben Holmstrom (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who had three shots on the night, had the assist.
Stegnar made it 2-0 at 8:08 of the first with a power play marker. Roebothan and Nick Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.) had the assists. Roeothan deflected a Schaus shot in front of the net and Stegnar collected the loose puck and slipped it just inside the right post.
The Chargers cut the UML lead in half early in the second period when Federoff deflected a Scott Kalinchuk (Bowsman, Man.) shot on a 5-on-3 power play. Brandon Roshko (Hamilton, Ont.) had the secondary helper on the goal.
Falite capped the scoring, giving the River Hawks an insurance goal at 17:49 of the second period. The Falite goal was his first of the season and UML's second power play goal of the contest. Chris Auger (Belleville, Ont.) and Barry Goers (Ivyland, Pa.) picked up the assists.
The River Hawks out-shot the Chargers 34-21 in the game. UML was 2-for-4 on the power play, while UAH was 1-for-7 on the man-advantage.
Nevin Hamilton (Ashland, Mass.) made his second start between the pipes for the River Hawks and made 20 saves to earn his first win of the season.
Cameron Talbot (Caledonia, Ont.) had 31 saves, but took the loss in goal for Alabama Huntsville.
"It was a good weekend," said UML head coach Blaise MacDonald. "I thought we had a lot of guys play well over the weekend. I thought our defense corps, as a unit, played extremely well in particular our freshmen - Maury Edwards (Rocky Rapids, Alb.) and Ryan Blair (Ashburn, Va.). I thought they had a great weekend and played really well tonight. We had a lot of guys competing and moving their feet. I think we took a pretty good step tonight and now have to get ready for a Hockey East weekend."
The River Hawks return to the ice Thursday night to host Merrimack as they return to Hockey East play. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.