LOWELL, Mass. - Junior goalie Tyler Wall (Leamington, Ont.) amassed 28 saves in his fifth career shutout to lead the UMass Lowell Hockey team to a 3-0 shutout of UConn on Saturday night in front of 4,602 fans at the Tsongas Center in Hockey East play.
The River Hawks improve to 6-5-1 overall (3-3-1 HEA) with the victory, while the Huskies fell to 5-6-1 overall (2-5-1 HEA).
"We didn't exactly come out the right way, but good goalies will cover for you. It's great getting points in Hockey East, because it's so difficult," said Head Coach Norm Bazin. "Sweeps are tough and we are pleased with the points."
Junior forward Colin O'Neill (Odenton, Md.) scored a shorthanded marker midway through the second period to seal the victory for the River Hawks. O'Neill, who finished with a game-high two points (1g,1a), scored his fourth career shorthanded goal at the Tsongas Center.
The team skated to a scoreless second period with UMass Lowell holding a 12-9 advantage in shots on goal.
Junior forward Kenny Hausinger (Anchorage, Alaska) opened the scoring in the game with his fifth of the season for the River Hawks just 1:46 into the contest. Freshman forward Reid Stefanson (Winnipeg, Man.) added his second goal of the year just 30 seconds later to give UMass Lowell a 2-0 lead at the end of the opening period.
Wall recorded 11 saves in the third period and nine stops in the second stanza, while UConn's Tomas Vomacka started the game making seven saves in the first 28:46 and Adam Huska made 13 stops in the final 27:32 in relief.
Freshman forward Lucas Condotta (Georgetown, Ont.) totaled a game-high five shots on goal for the River Hawks. Condotta and sophomore Charlie Levesque (Russell, Ont.) each posted a team-high nine face-off wins.
The River Hawks were a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill, but could not capitalize on five power play chances.
UMass Lowell returns to action on Friday, November 23rd against Rensselaer. Game time from the Tsongas Center on Pucks and Paws Day is 4 p.m.