No. 1 seed UMass Lowell beat No. 8 seed Maine 4-2 on Thursday night in the first game of the Hockey East tournament.
River Hawks sophomore forward Scott Wilson netted two goals and junior defenseman Chad Ruhwedel added two assists to pace Lowell on home ice.
The teams' quarterfinal matchup continues at the Tsongas Center on Friday night at 7 p.m., when Lowell will look to finish off the Black Bears and advance to the semifinals. Maine will try to stave off elimination and force a winner-take-all Game 3 on Sunday.