LOWELL, Mass. - Sophomore forward Adam Chapie (Oxford, Mich.) scored his 12th goal of the season with 1:17 left in regulation to give the No. 8 ranked UMass Lowell hockey team 3-2 victory over No. 15 Vermont in Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals on Friday night at the Tsongas Center in front of 3,888 fans.
Chapie beat Vermont goalie Brody Hoffman blocker side off a cross slot feed from junior forward Scott Wilson (Oakville, Ont.) in the right faceoff circle. The River Hawks scored on the power play after Michael Paliotta was whistled for an interference penalty with 1:52 left in the game. UMass Lowell finished 1-for-5 with the man advantage on the night, while Vermont was 0-for-2 on the power play.
The River Hawks upped their record to 22-9-4 overall, while the Catamounts fell to 19-13-3 on the year.
Freshman forward Evan Campbell (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) beat Hoffman glove side off a put back from a Zack Kamrass (Atlanta, Ga.) shot from the left point to make it a 2-2 game at the 11:37 mark of the third period. Sophomore Michael Fallon (Glenview, Ill.) chipped puck up the boards to the point on the secondary assist for the River Hawks. Campbell tied a career-high with two points on the night, as he also added an assist.
Freshman forward Brady Shaw recorded both goals for the Catamounts in the losing effort at 5:10 of the first period and 3:12 of the second frame. Wilson tied the game at 1-1 at 11:24 of the opening period for the River Hawks. Wilson also had great chance on Hoffman point blank in the slot at 10:20 of the 3rd period, but the 'Cats netminder made the save.
UMass Lowell senior forward Joseph Pendenza (Wilmington, Mass.) won 17 of the 20 faceoffs he took on the night. The River Hawks as a team won 60% of the faceoffs against Vermont (46 of 77).
Sophomore Connor Hellebuyck (Commerce, Mich.) made 27 saves in his 46th career start for the River Hawks to improve his record 14-7-2 on the season. He stopped 13 shots in the second period. Hoffman amassed 30 stops in the Vermont net in the loss.
The teams return to the ice for Game 2 of the Hockey East quarterfinal series on Saturday, March 15th at the Tsongas Center. Game time is 7pm. The River Hawks will host the DCU Fan Fest from 4:30 to 6:30pm prior to the game. The DCU Fan Fest will feature live music from country music performers Jilly Martin '09 and Ryan Kelly plus a special appearance by the DCU Mobile Branch. The first 250 fans will receive a River Hawk hockey team poster.