Sikura's Natural Hat Trick Gives Northeastern 4-3 Win At UMass Lowell
Junior forward Dylan Sikura scores three goals in final period for Huskies

Junior forward Dylan Sikura scored a hat trick for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 9:08  UML1-0 PP Ryan Lohin (5)Chris Forney/7, Dylan Zink/15
2nd 8:07  UML2-0 PP Jake Kamrass (9)Connor Wilson/6, Dylan Zink/16
2nd 15:42  NOE1-2 PP Grant Jozefek (1)Matt Filipe/6, Eric Williams/9
3rd 7:50  UML3-1 PP John Edwardh (12)Mattias Göransson/10, Joe Gambardella/24
3rd 12:31  NOE2-3 EV Dylan Sikura (14)Garret Cockerill/15
3rd 13:47  NOE3-3 PP Dylan Sikura (15)Garret Cockerill/16, Adam Gaudette/22
3rd 19:43.8 NOE4-3 EV GW Dylan Sikura (16)Adam Gaudette/23, Ryan Shea/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Northeastern  0134
UMass Lowell  1113
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Northeastern  8101129
UMass Lowell  671124
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Northeastern (10-10-5)  2/5 4/8 0
UMass Lowell (15-8-3)  3/4 5/10 0
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Ruck (W, 10-9-4)60:003 561021
UMass Lowell Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Garrett Metcalf53:023 89623
Tyler Wall (L, 14-7-1)6:101 0022
Empty Net0:480     

LOWELL, Mass. - The No. 7 UMass Lowell men's hockey team notched three power play goals but were ultimately clipped, 4-3, in the final seconds by conference opponent Northeastern on Friday night, in front of 6,386 fans at the Tsongas Center.

The River Hawks now sit at 15-8-3 overall and 7-6-1 in Hockey East action, while the Huskies improve to 10-10-5 overall and 4-8-3 in conference play.

Senior defenseman Dylan Zink (Madison. Wis.) finished the night with a team-high two points on two assists, while freshman goaltender Garrett Metcalf (Salt Lake City, Utah) chipped in with 23 saves in the effort.

"It was a tough one," said Head Coach Norm Bazin. "You never want to give up leads in your own arena, never mind the third period and we found a way to do both. We will just have to play better to have success in a great league."

Freshman forward Ryan Lohin (Chadds Ford, Pa.) and the power play unit got the home crowd on their feet, as the River Hawks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead at 9:08 in the first frame. Junior Chris Forney (Thief River Falls, Minn.) was credited with the assist after connecting with Lohin who rung top shelf for his fifth goal of the season.

The River Hawks continued to take advantage of their opponents mistakes as their lead extended to 2-0 following a Northeastern penalty. Junior forward Jake Kamrass (Atlanta, Ga.) was in the right place at the right time, as he slapped in a loose rebound for his ninth tally of the season.

The Huskies retaliated nearly seven minutes later with their first score of the tilt. Grant Jozefek cut the River Hawks lead, 2-1, tallying his first goal of the season at 15:42.

The third period saw the River Hawks third power play goal of the contest, this time coming off the stick of junior John Edwardh (Calgary, Alberta). After an initial shot by freshman defenseman Mattias Goransson (Slottsbron, Sweden) was stopped by the Northeastern goaltender, Edwardh poked home the loose rebound to give his squad the 3-1 edge.

The Huskies put forth their best offensive performance in the later half of the third period, knocking in two goals just 76 seconds apart to knot the score, 3-3. Forward Dylan Sikura cut the deficit to 3-2 with a slap shot, before tying the game with power play goal at 12:31 and 13:47, respectively.

Sikura struck one final time as his goal with 16 seconds remaining in regulation lifted the Huskies to a 4-3 win, picking up his first hat trick of the year.

UMass Lowell finished the night posting an impressive three-for-four on power plays, while killing three of Northeastern's five man up opportunities.

The River Hawks will look to rebound with a match up against No. 1 ranked Boston University at Agganis Arena on Saturday night. The contest is slated to begin at 7 p.m.