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Frozen Four 2013: Quick strikes for UMass-Lowell evens score at 2

Riley Wetmore and Joseph Pendenza scored goals 14 seconds apart to even the score at 2 through 40 minutes of play in the Frozen Four semifinal at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Joseph Pendenza
Joseph Pendenza
UML Athletics

Pittsburgh, PA-- UMass-Lowell scored two goals just 14 seconds apart in the second period to tie the game at 2-2. Yale had the game under control for the first 34 minutes of the game, but quick strikes by Riley Wetmore and Joseph Pendenza knotted the score.

Wetmore got redemption for an earlier missed opportunity when he found the puck at his feet and backhanded it into the net. Derek Arnold tipped the initial shot from Scott Wilson, which is when Wetmore batted it in. The time of the goal was 14:38 of the second period.

Wetmore had missed a golden opportunity earlier in the period when he intercepted a pass while killing a penalty. He raced all the way in on Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm, but when he went to deke, he lost his footing and crashed into the net.

Just 14 seconds after the Wetmore strike, Joseph Pendenza scored on a wrist shot from the right side that beat Malcolm cleanly. It was the 15th goal of the season for the junior from Wilmington, Mass. Linemates A.J. White and Josh Holmstrom assisted on the tally.

Yale was doing much of what UMass-Lowell usually does well, bottling up the neutral zone and using quick transition, but all the momentum switched to the River Hawks. The Bulldogs still have a significant advantage in shots on goal, outshooting the River Hawks 24-15 through 40 minutes.

Jeff Cox covers college hockey for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation for continuing coverage of the 2013 Frozen Four live from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.