LOWELL, Mass. - Mark Roebothan (St. John's, Nfld.) and Mike Potacco (Kinnelon, N.J.) each had a goal and two assists, but Brock Bradford (Burnaby, B.C.) scored the game-tying goal with under five minutes to play as No. 15 Boston College and UMass Lowell played to a 4-4 tie Saturday night in Hockey East action at the Tsongas Arena.
The River Hawks held three different leads in the game, but had to settle for the tie as the Eagles rallied with two third period goals. UML is now 14-13-1 overall and 11-9-1 against the league. BC is 13-10-5 overall and 8-8-4 against the league with the draw.
The River Hawks line of Roebothan, Potacco and Scott Campbell (Navan, Ont.) combined for three of the four goals on the night. Potacco and Roebothan each had a goal and two assists. Campbell opened the scoring in the game with his ninth goal of the year.
Bradford, Joe Whitney (Reading, Mass.) and Carl Sneep (Nisswa, Minn.) led the Eagles with two points on the night. Each player had a goal and an assist.
The River Hawks set a school record as Scott Campbell scored his ninth of the year just 11 seconds into the game. It was the fastest goal to start a game in program history. The previous record was set on February 14, 1979 when Kevin Charbonneau scored just 12 seconds into ULowell's 13-5 win over Army.
After Whitney tied the game at 7:41 of the first, Potacco netted his seventh of the year at 16:36 to give the River Hawks a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
Nick Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.) added to the River Hawks' lead scoring the first of two UML goals in the second period. The goal was Schaus' fourth of the year and third against Boston College.
Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.) scored the Boston College goal in the second period, his sixth of the season at 14:51.
Roebothan and Potacco put the River Hawks back up by two goals by the end of the second period with his fifth goal in the last six games and sixth of the season.
Boston College rallied in the third period scoring two goals to force the 4-4 tie. Sneep picked up his second point of the night with his second goal of the season at 5:46.
Bradford, Sneep and Whitney combined for the game-tying goal at 16:41 of the third. Bradford got the goal with assists from Sneep and Whitney.
Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, Ont.) made 23 saves to earn the tie. He is 5-7-1 on the year. John Muse (East Falmouth, Mass.) stopped 27 shots for the tie. Muse is 13-10-5.
The River Hawks out-shot the Eagles, 31-27 for the game. Neither team scored on the power play. UML was 0-for-4 with four shots. BC was 0-for-5 with five shots.
The River Hawks return to the ice Friday night for the first of two games at the University of Vermont. The Eagles are next in action Friday night when they travel to the University of New Hampshire.