UMass-Lowell closing in on first regular season title

UMass-Lowell celebrates their power play goal in the third period to give the River Hawks a 3-1 lead.

UMass-Lowell is close to becoming the first team outside of Boston College, Boston University, Maine and New Hampshire to win the regular season crown.

UMass-Lowell has a two-goal lead with 8:33 to play in regulation in its quest to win the Hockey East Regular Season Championship. The River Hawks lead Providence 3-1.

Providence evened the score at one just 19 seconds into the third period when TIm Schaller struck for his seventh goal of the season. Stefan Demopoulos assisted on the goal for the Friars.

Josh Holmstrom put UMass-Lowell back up a goal when he scored at the 6:41 mark on a shot from the left side that squeaked past Jon Gillies. Joseph Pendenza and A.J. White assisted on the goal. It was Pendenza's 22nd assist of the season.

Scott Wilson would give the River Hawks their first two-goal lead of the season when he scored on the power play at the 10:29 mark. Derek Arnold was credited with the assist.

Jeff Cox covers college hockey for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.

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