|1st||19:21||MER||1-0||SH||Michael Babcock (2)||Brett Seney/18|
|2nd||5:31||MER||2-0||EV||Alfred Larsson (2)||Tyler Irvine/3|
|2nd||8:06||UML||1-2||EV||Mattias Göransson (4)||Nick Master/10, Jake Kamrass/7|
|3rd||8:31||UML||2-2||EV||Connor Wilson (8)||Anthony Baxter/9, Tyler Mueller/13|
|OT||13:59||MER||3-2||EV GW||Jace Hennig (11)||Brett Seney/19, Mathieu Tibbet/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|UMass Lowell (17-19-0)||0/3||4/8||0|
|Craig Pantano (W, 11-12-2)||73:52||2||6||8||10||6||30|
|UMass Lowell Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Christoffer Hernberg (L, 14-10-0)||73:59||3||6||6||3||9||24|
LOWELL, Mass. - The UMass Lowell Hockey team was defeated by Merrimack College, 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night at the Tsongas Center in Game 2 in the opening round of the Hockey East playoffs.
The River Hawks end their season with a 17-19-0 overall mark, while the Warriors improve to 12-19-4 overall with the series win to advance to the quarterfinal round.
Merrimack's Jace Hennig scored the series clincher with 6:01 left in the extra frame for his 11th goal of the season.
Junior forward Connor Wilson (Calgary, Alta.) tied the game at 2-2 for his eighth tally of the season midway through the third period on a cross slot pass from Anthony Baxter (Oakville, Ont.). Sophomore blueliner Mattias Goransson (Slottsbron, Sweden) got the River Hawk on the board midway through the second period with a wrist shot from the mid slot.
Michael Babcock scored on the shorthand to give Merrimack a 1-0 lead with 39 seconds left in the opening frame, while Alfred Larsson scored at 5:31 of the middle stanza to give the Warriors a 2-0 advantage.
Junior goaltender Christoffer Hernberg (Espoo, Finland) notched 24 stops in the losing effort, while Craig Pantano made 30 saves in his 11th win of the season for Merrimack.
The River Hawks owned a 11-3 shot advantage in the third period.
Junior center Nick Master (Broomall, Pa.) won a game-high 14 faceoffs for the River Hawks.
Seniors John Edwardh (Calgary, Alta.), Chris Forney (Thief River Falls, Minn.), Jake Kamrass (Atlanta, Ga.), Tyler Mueller (Regina, Sask.) and Tommy Panico (Wall. N.J.) skated in the final game of their River Hawk careers, in addition to Ryan Collins (Newton, Mass.) who skated in his final game in Friday's playoff game.