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Mariucci Classic: UMass-Lowell gets 7 goals from 7 different players in win over RIT

Evan Campbell had 3 points (1G-2A) for UMass-Lowell in a 7-3 win. The River Hawks face the winner of Minnesota and Merrimack on Saturday.

Steven Slade

UMass-Lowell's top six forwards come from six different non-traditional college hockey states ranging from Georgia to California. On Friday afternoon, Norm Bazin's team was more at home in the traditional Minneapolis setting of the Mariucci Classic.

The River Hawks got seven goals from seven different players, including four from the top-six, in a 7-3 win over RIT. Evan Campbell (Edmonton Oilers draft pick) had a goal and two assists. Linemate Adam Chapie and Robert Francis each had a goal and an assist.

UMass-Lowell (13-3-3-, 7-0-2 Hockey East) will face the winner of tonight's Minnesota and Merrimack semifinal on Saturday for the Mariucci Classic championship at a time to be determined once both games are completed.

RIT (5-9-3, 4-5-3 Atlantic Hockey) faces the loser of Minnesota-Merrimack.

Lowell was able to get out to a 4-0 lead in the first half of the game and never let RIT back in Friday. Michael Fallon opened the scoring 91 seconds into the game while Campbell got his fifth of the year five minutes later, scoring on Tigers goalie Jordan Ruby.The second period saw a pair of power play goals from  Zack Kamrass and Ryan McGrath before RIT's Danny Smith got the Tigers on the board when he scored on a penalty shot.

Once on the board RIT was able to find the back of the net against River Hawks goalie Kevin Boyle, who made 40 saves Friday. The problem was so was Lowell. Every time the Tigers scored, UMass-Lowell found a response. The 5:47 between Smith's deke penalty shot goal and Dylan Zink making it 5-1 was the longest time between the second and third periods in which RIT could keep it at 3 goal game.

RIT came out strong in the third, scoring twice with Josh Mitchell  taking the opening face-off and going down the ice to score seven seconds into the period.

However, Francis sniped a shot past Ken MacLean, who replaced Ruby to begin the third, to make it 6-2. Caleb Cameron and Chapie then traded goals to finish the game in a period where the River Hawks out-shot RIT 16-8.

FINAL SCORING:

First period:

UMASS-LOWELL: Michael Fallon (4) (Francis, Sutter 1:31 EV)

UMASS-LOWELL: Evan Campbell (5) (Chapie 6:51 EV)

Second period:

UMASS-LOWELL: Zack Kamrass (4) (Campbell, Smith 4:41 PP)

UMASS-LOWELL: Ryan McGrath (1) (unassisted (11:37 PP)

RIT: Danny Smith (4) (Penalty shot 13:21)

UMASS-LOWELL: Dylan Zink (6) (Walin 19:34 EV)

Third period:

RIT: Josh Mitchell (5) (unassisted 0:07 EV)

UMASS-LOWELL: Robert Francis (5) (unassisted 2:36 EV)

RIT: Caleb Cameron (4) (unassisted 10:37 EV)

UMASS-LOWELL: Adam Chapie (4) (AJ White, Campbell 12:15 EV)

Shots:

RIT - 13 - 10 -  8 --31

UML - 13 - 14 - 16 -- 43