LOWELL, Mass. - Junior forward Ryan Lohin (Chadds Ford, Pa.) scored two extra attacker goals in the final 2:30 of regulation to help the UMass Lowell Hockey team to a 2-2 tie in overtime against New Hampshire on Friday night in Hockey East play at the Tsongas Center in front of 5,414 fans.
The River Hawks now own a 4-4-1 overall record (1-2-1 HEA) and the Wildcats go to 1-4-2 overall (1-1-1 HEA).
"I thought it was a exciting hockey game for the fans, not so much for the coaches," said UMass Lowell Head Coach Norm Bazin. "At the same time, I liked two of the three periods, I like our response and obviously getting a point on a night like this is a good thing."
Lohin finally got the River Hawks on the scoreboard with 2:13 to go in the third frame with an extra attacker goal and then Lohin tied the game just 27 seconds later to force the overtime session with the man advantage. The goals for Lohin were his first of the season, as he managed a game-high six shots on goal. Freshman defenseman Seth Barton (Kelowna, B.C.) assisted on both of Lohin's goals, which tied his career-high in points and assists.
The team skated to a scoreless second period with UMass Lowell holding a 15-1 shot advantage in the middle stanza.
UNH struck first in the game with a goal by Ara Nazarian at 11:39 for his second goal of the year and then with just 33 seconds to go in the 'Cats took a 2-0 lead on Marcus Vela's third tally of the season. Both teams posted five shots in the opening period. Vela, Nazarian and Chris Miller each totaled a team-high two shots on goal for the Wildcats.
Junior goalie Tyler Wall (Leamington, Ont.) made his sixth start of the season for the River Hawks, tallying nine saves. UNH's Mike Robinson stopped 32 shots in the game, including 15 stops in the second frame.
The River Hawks outshot UNH, 34-11 for the game, including a 14-5 advantage in the third period and overtime. UMass Lowell was a perfect 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
Senior forward Ryan Dmowski (East Lyme, Conn.) also chipped in with five shots on goal, which was second on the River Hawks' roster. Freshman forward Lucas Condotta (Georgetown, Ont.) won a team-high eight faceoffs (80%) on the night.
UMass Lowell returns to Hockey East action on Saturday, November 10th at Northeastern. Game time from Matthews Arena is 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on NESNplus.