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Hockey East Saturday Night Recap: UNH gets revenge on Boston College, UMass Lowell wins seventh straight, Merrimack blanks Maine

Following a 5-2 rout on Friday night, New Hampshire was able to return the favor with a 2-1 victory Saturday night on home ice. UMass Lowell sweeps Vermont to extend their win streak to seven game, Merrimack explodes offensively and shuts out Maine, Providence blanks the Minutemen

at #4 New Hampshire 2, #3 Boston College 1

With just 4:48 left on the clock, senior forward John Henrion scored his seventh goal of the season to give the Wildcats a one-goal lead, aiding in a 2-1 victory over the visiting Eagles on Saturday night at the Whittemore Center. With the win, the Wildcats avenge Friday nights 5-2 rout and pull back to within two points in the Hockey East standings. UNH now stands at 14-4-2 (9-3-1) with 19 in-league points, while the Eagles remain in the top spot with a record of 13-4-2 (10-3-1) and 21 points.

In a game where both sides were equally as physical, UNH was able to pull out in front first, following a late second period goal from sophomore forward Matt Willows. Willows, who recorded an assist in Friday nights game, tallied his first goal of the season with just 47 seconds remaining in the middle frame to give the Wildcats a 1-0 advantage.

About midway through the third period, Brooks Dyroff scored his first goal of the season to even the score at one. Dyroff’s goal was unassisted. Eight minutes later, Henrion scored his seventh goal of the season, giving UNH a 2-1 advantage for the remainder of the game

at Providence 2, UMass 0

A 44-save shutout from freshman goaltender Jon Gillies (Calgary Flames) as well as goals from Ross Mauermann and Tim Schaller helped the Friars defeat the visiting Minutemen 2-0 on Saturday night in Rhode Island. Providence, now standing at 9-8-3 (7-4-2), completed the sweep of UMass, who has now dropped to 7-11-2 (4-8-1).

It took until late in the second period to break the scoreless gridlock between the two sides, but Mauermann, a sophomore, solved UMass back-up netminder Steve Mastalerz to give the Friars a 1-0 advantage heading into the third period. Mastalerz, playing in relief of Kevin Boyle, made 22 saves on the night.

Almost exactly midway through the final frame, senior forward Tim Schaller provided Providence with some breathing room as he extended their lead to 2-0. This goal was set-up by Myles Harvey and Tom Parisi.

at Merrimack 6, Maine 0

Three points from Mike Collins, including two goals and one assist were part of a scoring barrage put on by Merrimack against the Black Bears on Saturday night’s 6-0 victory at Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. With the win, Merrimack improves to 8-9-4 (6-5-1). However, with the loss, Maine continues to struggle in the second half, dropping to 5-13-3 (1-8-3).

Once Collins scored the first goal of the game late in the first period, the flood gates opened up, leading to five more un-answered goals throughout the remainder of the game. Four minutes after Collins’ first, Quinn Gould scored his fourth goal of the game to extend the Warriors lead to two.

In the second period, senior John Heffernan, as well as freshman Vinny Scotti and Collins all scored to bring their lead to 5-0 heading into the third period. Midway through the third, Brendan Ellis scored a power play goal to put an end to the scoring at 6-0. Sam Marotta, who posted 30 saves in the game, recorded his first shutout of the season.

#20 UMass Lowell 6 at Vermont 3

Following a two goal performance on Friday night’s 4-2 victory over the Catamounts, Scott Wilson (Pittsburgh Penguins) recorded a goal and two assists on Saturday night to piece together a stellar weekend and complete the sweep with a 6-3 victory at the Gutterson Field House in Burlington, V.T. With the win, the No. 20 Riverhawks make it seven straight wins and improve their record to 11-7-1 (5-6-1). The loss however, makes it three straight losses for the Catamounts, and drops their record to 6-11-4 (3-8-4).

Late in the first period, Lowell took advantage of a Jacob Fallon holding penalty to break open the scoring. Just 5:47 into the second, Nick Bruneteau of Vermont committed an interference penalty which led to Joseph Pendenza’s seventh goal of the season to make it 2-0.

Later in the second, Bruneteau scored to halve the Riverhawks lead to 2-1. Four minutes later, Lowell captain Riley Wetmore scored to regain the two goal lead. Three minutes into the third period, Wilson scored his seventh goal of the season. The goal proved to be the game winner, for the Catamounts could not hang with the potent Norm Bazin offense.