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Hockey East Saturday Night Recap: BC gets swept by Maine, UMass Lowell comes back to beat Northeastern, Vermont outlasts UMass-Amherst

Boston College gets swept by Maine, UMass Lowell comes back from being down 4-1 in the third period to win in overtime, Massachusetts comeback falls short against Vermont, Boston University comes back and ties Providence, and New Hampshire beats up on Merrimack

#4 New Hampshire 6, Merrimack 2

Sophomore defenseman Trevor Van Riemsdyk had his hand in four out of six goals for the Wildcats, as they skated to a 6-2 victory over Merrimack Saturday evening at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. With the win, the Wildcats split the weekend series with the Warriors and now sit at 15-6-2 (10-5-1) while Merrimack falls to 10-10-5 (8-6-2).

With the only goal of the first period, senior forward Austin Block scored his eleventh goal of the season 7:29 into the contest. Just 4:32 into the second, freshman Ben Bahe scored his first goal of the season to equalize the game at one goal apiece. Midway through the second, senior defenseman Connor Hardowa scored a power play goal, which sparked a four-goal run, including tallies from Dan Correale (1), Collin MacDonald (1), and Dalton Speelman (6).

Sophomore defenseman Dan Kolomatis scored his fourth goal of the year midway through the third, but the goal proved not enough as the Wildcats received a score from Grayson Downing (9) and closed out the victory. Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith posted 35 saves and picked up his fourteenth win of the season.

Maine 3, #3 Boston College 1

It took Boston College until there was nine seconds remaining on the clock to score, and the defending national champions fell short against the Black Bears 3-1 Saturday night at the Conte Forum’s Kelley Rink.

With the loss, the Eagles have been swept by last-place Maine, and fall to 14-7-2 (11-6-1). Two wins for the Black Bears enhances their record to 7-14-4 (3-9-4) and picks up four much needed points in the league standings.

After an even first period, it appeared as if the two sides would skate off the ice for the first intermission knotted at zero. With just 1:13 remaining in the opening frame, junior forward Jon Swavely scored his first goal of the season to give the Black Bears a 1-0 advantage.

Just 2:48 into the second period, Connor Leen scored his seventh goal of the season to give Maine a 2-0 lead. Swavely added his second of the game, as the Black Bears took a 3-0 lead into the final minutes of the game, but Patrick Brown got the Eagles on the scoreboard with just nine ticks left in the game.

#15 UMass Lowell 5, Northeastern 4 (OT)

A three-goal comeback, topped off with an overtime game winning goal from Christian Folin aided the Riverhawks in a 5-4 victory on Saturday night at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass. With the win, Lowell remains un-beaten in their last 11 games and improve their record to 14-7-2 (8-6-2). The loss, however, drops the Huskies to 7-12-3 (4-10-3) on the year.

Northeastern carried a 4-1 lead into the latter half of the final frame, but quickly watched their lead disappear as the Riverhawks offense woke up, including goals from Joseph Pendenza (9) , Derek Arnold (5), and Riley Wetmore (9). Although Lowell took over late, the Huskies had a grasp on the game for most of regulation. Ryan Belonger scored the lone goal of the first period, but was followed by Braden Pimm and Garrett Vermeersch. Josh Holmstrom of Lowell got the Riverhawks on the scoreboard at the end of the second with his sixth goal of the season.

#11 Boston University 3, Providence 3

Freshman Danny O’Regan netted the ninth goal of the season with 6:39 remaining in the contest, which allowed for the Terriers to come back and tie the Friars 3-3 Saturday night at Agannis Arena in Boston. With the tie, each team picks up one point in the standings and BU now sits at 13-9-1 (10-6-1) while Providence is 10-10-4 (8-6-3).

Senior forward Ben Rosen opened the scoring of the game with 2:26 remaining in the first period to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead. Friars defenseman Myles Harvey quickly answered the bell with a goal of his own to even the score at one. Steven McParland netted his third goal of the season for the Friars and gave Providence a 2-1 lead, but was quickly avenged by Matt Nieto, later in the middle frame.

Shane Luke scored his fourth goal of the season just 39 seconds into the third period which gave Providence a 3-2 lead, allowing for Danny O’Regan to equalize the game just 13 minutes later.

Vermont 3, Massachusetts 2

Back to back goals from sophomore forward Kyle Reynolds sparked the Catamounts to a 3-2 victory over the Minutemen Saturday night at the Gutterson Field House in Burlington, V.T. With the win, the Catamounts improve to 7-13-4 (4-9-4), while UMass drops to 9-12-2 (6-9-1).

Following two goals from Reynolds in the opening frame, sophomore forward Jacob Fallon scored his seventh goal of the season to give the Catamounts a 3-0. The lead proved to hold strong enough to outlast the Minutemen, who received goals from Michael Perriera and Branded Gracel down the stretch but could not get the game tying goal.