No. 18 River Hawks Edge No. 9 BU, 2-1

LOWELL, Mass.— Led by a two-goal night of freshman Scout Truman (Lethbridge, Ontario), the No. 18 UMass Lowell men’s hockey (5-2-0, 2-0-0 Hockey East) defeated No. 9 Boston University (3-3-0, 1-2-0 HEA), 2-1, in front of a bustling crowd of 5,040 at the Tsongas Center Friday night. “Overall we are excited about getting some points at home against a very good opponent. I thought we started the game a little slower than we would have liked and ended up defending most of the first period. I thought we were getting a little bit better, and I thought the third period was a lot better,” said Head Coach Norm Bazin. “PK was decent. We scored a power play goal. We worked on that this week. Goalkeeping was strong again. But I think we have several areas where we need to support if we hope to have any success against a team that is like that. good is.” Truman’s two-point night was the rookie River Hawk’s first achievement. On top of his two points, Truman was one of four UMass Lowell skaters to record a team-best two blocked shots against the Terriers. Junior Ben Meehan (Walpole, Massachusetts), senior Marek Korencik (Zilina, Slovakia) and graduate student Jon McDonald (Livonia, Michigan) each stopped a few BU attempts short with strong performances on the net. McDonald and Meehan also closed the evening with an assist each. Junior Henry Welsch (Lakeville, Minn.) again earned the goal in the net, making 32 saves and conceding just one goal this year to make it 3-1-0. A defensive first period left both teams scoreless through the opening frame. The River Hawks and Terriers chased the first eight, moving possession through the neutral zone until a call against the home side caused the River Hawks to fall to a man at 12:42 PM. The Terriers registered much of the odds on the first power play, peppering Welsch with a flurry of shots. BU deserved a fair shot at the opening count after a loose rebound bounced off the pad of the UMass Lowell netminder, but Kaiser waited with the check. The senior then returned the favor with a straight chance down the middle, but Kaiser’s chance was averted on the curb by BU’s Domenick Fensore. Meehan continued Kaiser’s short push with excellent offensive work high to pull a penalty and challenge Duplessis. Though the defender’s sneaky backhand shot was denied, Meehan’s pressure in the slot gave UMass Lowell a chance to take on the Terriers through the power play. Sophomore Isac Jonsson (Ängelholm, Sweden) added to UMass Lowell’s ice press with a frontal challenge in the first, descending the ice for a shot at the net, but was blocked at the last minute. Welsch’s unwavering confidence between the pipes held out through the first, knocking the Terriers out on several A chances. With just over three minutes to go, BU’s Ryan Greene tried to clear one during a breakaway. Greene received the cross-ice feed from Jeremy Wilmer and snapped a one-timer from the point, but Welsch knocked it off on the weak side to go scoreless into the first break. Crasa appeared to unleash UMass Lowell’s charge in the second with a shot on the pavement. Meehan suppressed the Terriers’ forecheck and set the puck behind Welsch. Meehan watched Crasa on ice and sent a long pass through the center to the winger. Crasa took the opportunity to go for the five holes but missed the target and tucked the puck under Duplessis’ left pad. A big call to the Terriers at 3:03 PM knocked the visitors down and brought out UMass Lowell’s power play unit. Without wasting time on the advantage, the River Hawks won possession from the faceoff and went to work. Kaiser cycled the puck behind the net and sent a pass to Meehan on the blue line. Meehan switched sides with graduate student Jon McDonald (Livonia, Mich.), Meehan pretending to look back at his linemate before making a cross-ice pass to Truman on the strong point for the wrist and the 1-0 lead. The trading power game fails, the Terriers tied the score midway through the second thanks to a lucky tip from Ethan Phillips in the slot. A centering pass from Fensore cut Phillips’ stick in traffic and bounced just over Welsch’s shoulder for the equalizer. Truman’s scoring touch came back later in the frame just in time to claim the lead for the final break. After a BU stint in the zone, McDonald skated onto the boards and skipped a pass from the boards to Truman. The freshman was joined by Crasa as they went two-on-one with BU’s Cade Webber as they cut the ice. Truman went back to Crasa, who stayed high as he crossed over to the weak side. Crasa planted himself before sending a perfectly placed pass on Truman’s stick for the tip and the winner of the game. The River Hawks travel to the Agganis Arena tomorrow, Saturday, October 29, to conclude the two-game series. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. on ESPN+.

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