Edwardh, Smith Lead UMass Lowell Past Massachusetts, 5-2
Junior forward John Edwardh registers two goals and assist for River Hawks

Junior forward John Edwardh scored two goals and an assist for the River Hawks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:57  UML1-0 EV John Edwardh (13)C.J. Smith/21
2nd 17:03  UML2-0 PP Connor Wilson (5)Dylan Zink/19
2nd 17:26  UML3-0 EV GW Joe Gambardella (15)C.J. Smith/22, Michael Kapla/24
3rd 1:44  UML4-0 PP C.J. Smith (17)John Edwardh/14, Joe Gambardella/27
3rd 12:56  UML5-0 PP John Edwardh (14)Chris Forney/10, C.J. Smith/23
3rd 16:32  UMA1-5 EV Joseph Widmar (2)Anthony Petrella/1, Marc Hetnik/3
3rd 19:06  UMA2-5 EV Steven Iacobellis (8)Ray Pigozzi/7, Austin Plevy/10
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
UMass Lowell  1225
Massachusetts  0022
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
UMass Lowell  510924
Massachusetts  97925
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
UMass Lowell (20-9-3)  3/4 2/4 0
Massachusetts (5-25-2)  0/2 5/18 0
UMass Lowell Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Tyler Wall (W, 19-8-1)60:002 97723
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Wischow (L, 4-17-2)59:595 48719
Empty Net0:010     

AMHERST, Mass. - Junior forward John Edwardh scored two goals and an assist while junior forward C.J. Smith registered a goal and three assists to help UMass Lowell skate to a 5-2 win against Massachusetts on Saturday at Mullins Center.


RESULT: No. 6 UMass Lowell 5, UMass 2

LOCATION: Mullins Center (Amherst, Mass.)

RECORDS: Massachusetts (5-24-2, 2-16-1 HEA); UMass Lowell (19-9-3, 11-7-1 HEA)

THE LEAD: University of Massachusetts hockey scored two late goals, but a 5-0 start carried No. 6 UMass Lowell past the Minutemen, 5-2 on Saturday night at the Mullins Center.


UMass had several chances in the first period, but the River Hawks went into the intermission with a 1-0 lead. On a 2-on-1, C.J. Smith set up a one-timer by John Edwardh to put UMass Lowell on top 6:57 into the stanza.


Two quick goals late in the second period pushed the margin to 3-0. On the River Hawks' second power play opportunity of the night, Connor Wilson buried a rebound from the slot off a feed from Dylan Zink at the 17:03 mark. UMass Lowell added another just 23 seconds later as Smith and Michael Kapla set up Joe Gambardella for the tally at 17:26.


The River Hawks scored twice on the power play in the third with Smith adding UMass Lowell's fourth at the 1:44 mark from Edwardh and Gambardella. Edwardh then scored his second of the evening 12:56 into the stanza from Chris Forney and Smith. Sophomore Joseph Widmar put the Minutemen on the board at 16:32, crashing the net to knock in a rebound off an Anthony Petrella shot. Senior Marc Hetnik earned an assist on the play, as well. UMass then capped the scoring at 19:06 with senior Steven Iacobellis cleaning up a loose puck after classmate Ray Pigozzi's initial attempt was stopped off a pass from sophomore Austin Plevy.


"Frustrating game for me as a coach. Third time we've played that team, we've got a pretty good understanding of what they're trying to do and I think for stretches there our game plan was effective, but our execution is still not very good. The goals they got, on the power play and defensive zone breakdown and penalty kill breakdowns were things that we actually broke down on video this week. Frustrating, but it's kind of a broken record. We compete hard, but it's just not good enough.'


- UMass out-shot UMass Lowell, 25-24 and won 33 of 66 (50%) faceoffs, paced by Ryan Badger (7-for-13, 53.8%). The River Hawks went 3-for-4 on the power play, while the Minutemen were 0-for-2.

- Iacobellis' goal was his team-leading eighth of the season and 85th career point. Fifteen of his 19 points on the year have come in Hockey East play.

- Pigozzi's assist, his seventh of the season, was his 56th of his career, tying him for 20th in program history.

- Widmar's goal, his second of the year, marked his fourth point (2g, 2a) in the past six games.

- Petrella's assist was his first of the season.

- Freshman Ryan Wischow made his 23rd start of the year for the Minutemen and totaled 19 saves. Tyler Wall had 23 stops for UMass Lowell.

UP NEXT: The Minutemen will return to action next Friday, Feb. 24, for the squad's final home game of the 2016-17 season, hosting No. 10 Providence on Senior Night at 7 p.m.