AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass hockey team was unable to recover from letting up three in the first and three quick goals in the second period, suffering an 8-2 setback to UMass Lowell at the Mullins Center on Sunday night. With the setback, the Minutemen fall to 3-5-1 overall, 2-5-1 in Hockey East, while the River Hawks improve to 3-5-1 on the year, 2-4-1 in conference play.
Among the five UMass players to tally points on the night, senior co-captain Rocco Carzo scored his team-leading fourth of the season, while junior Conor Sheary logged his squad-best sixth assist of the year. Both Minutemen tallies came with the man advantage, extending the squad's streak to nine straight games with at last one power-play goal.
UMass Lowell took a 1-0 lead 8:16 into the first as Dmitry Sinitsyn collected a feed from Zack Kamrass, skated into the UMass zone and drove a low shot past Jeff Teglia.
The River Hawks added another at the 10:42 mark as Scott Wilson won the puck along the boards and sent it over to Riley Wetmore for the shot and score.
UMass Lowell went on to extend its advantage to 3-0 with a power-play goal 16:26 into the first with Joseph Pendenza notched his third of the season from Christian Folin and Josh Holmstrom.
In a span of just one minute, 24 seconds in the second period, the River Hawks tallied their fourth, fifth and sixth goals of the night. Two of the three came from Wetmore, who completed his hat trick 8:31 into the stanza.
The Minutemen took one of the goals back on a 5-on-3 power play at 14:46. Sheary fed the puck to junior Conor Allen at the point, who found junior Michael Pereira in the slot.
However, UMass Lowell pushed its lead back out to six with a short-hander by Pendenza in the closing minutes of the period.
Holmstrom added the River Hawks' eighth and final of the evening, 5:20 into the third, before UMass capped off the scoring at the 10:12 mark. Carzo found the back of the net during a 5-on-3 power play with redshirt sophomore Steven Guzzo collecting an assist.
The Minutemen finished with a 26-23 edge in shots and went 2-for-9 with the man advantage, while UMass Lowell converted one of its nine power play opportunities. In net, Teglia made five saves for UMass and sophomore Steve Mastalerz had 10 stops. Doug Carr ended the night with 24 saves for the River Hawks.
The Minutemen will continue their stretch of four straight home games on Tuesday night, Nov. 20, hosting its annual pre-Thanksgiving matchup with Vermont at 7 p.m. Fans holding ticket stubs to any of this season's previous UMass home games can exchange those for $6 tickets to either Tuesday night's contest, or Saturday's game against Quinnipiac.