Junior goaltender Matt DiGirolamo earns second career shutout with 25 saves for Wildcats

Junior goaltender Matt DiGirolamo makes one of his 25 saves for the Wildcats

LOWELL, Mass. - The River Hawks fell behind in the first and were unable to mount a comeback as they dropped a 3-0 decision to #5 New Hampshire on Thursday night in the Tsongas Center.

UMass Lowell was held scoreless for the first time this season as it slid to 2-11-2 on the season and 2-9-0 in Hockey East action. The Wildcats improved to 8-2-4 overall and 6-1-2 in conference play with the victory.

The pace of play appeared even through the opening 10 minutes, but New Hampshire picked up a goal at 12:34 into play from Brett Kostolansky (Denver, Colo.). Jeff Silengo (Madison, Conn.) set up Kostolansky near the blue line and the shot hit defenseman Ryan Blair (Ashburn, Va.) in the chest, then deflected into the goal.

The River Hawks struggled to generate offense and the deficit grew larger in the second as picked up two more goals.

The first came at 11:17 into the second. Mike Borisenok (Watervilet, N.Y.) closed in on the near post and had his shot stuffed back at him by Doug Carr (Hanover, Mass.). Borisenok then made a head's up pass to Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) on the weak-side for the easy tap in.

Mike Sislo (Superior, Wisc.) followed with another score just under five minutes later as Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) found his captain on a Wildcats' rush at 16:01.

UMass Lowell goaltender Carr was solid in net, stopping 26-of-29 shots and holding New Hampshire scoreless on three power plays. His counter-part, Matt DiGirolamo (Ambler, Pa.), posted his second career shutout as he turned away all 25 shots he faced.

Both teams will return to action later this weekend as the River Hawks head to UMass Amherst on Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. billing and New Hampshire hosts Vermont on Sunday at 4 p.m.