Feb. 23, 2013
LOWELL, Mass. - The No. 13/15 Boston University men's ice hockey team dropped a 3-1 road contest to No. 12 UMass Lowell on Saturday night at Tsongas Center. With the loss, the Terriers fall to an even 14-14-2 on the year with an 11-9-2 Hockey East mark.
The River Hawks completed their first season sweep of BU since the 2000-01 campaign, having earned a 3-0 win on Friday night and a 4-3 triumph on Jan. 19 - both at Agganis Arena.
UMass Lowell (18-9-2, 12-8-2 HE) opened the scoring just 5:47 into the contest on a goal by Scott Wilson before doubling its lead midway through the second on a power-play tally from the stick of Chad Ruhwedel.
The Terriers got on the board with 11:35 left in regulation while Lowell was on one of its 10 power plays. Sophomore Evan Rodrigues converted a shorthanded wraparound off an assist by junior Sahir Gill to cut the deficit in half.
However, the River Hawks established a two-goal cushion soon after when Joseph Pendenza got ahead of the BU defense and beat freshman goaltender Sean Maguire to make it 3-1 at 12:05 of the third.
BU would get no closer, as Connor Hellebuyck made 15 saves to pick up his 10th straight win. UMass Lowell held a commanding 39-16 shot advantage with Maguire stopping 36 of those in goal for the Terriers.
The Terriers came up empty in five power-play chances while limiting the River Hawks to just one goal on 10 power-play opportunities, including three lengthy 5-on-3 adavantages.
In the Hockey East standings, BU finds itself in sixth place, five points ahead of seventh-place Vermont and two points behind UMass Lowell and Boston College, who are tied for fourth.
BU will complete a stretch of three games in five days when it plays host to No. 17 Merrimack on Tuesday at Agganis Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The Terriers have won both of their previous meetings this season against the Warriors.