In other Hockey East action on Saturday:
Massachusetts 5, UMass Lowell 2: The Minuteman of Massachusetts (3-6-3) rode a three-goal third period to blow open a tight game against the River Hawks (2-12-2) and cruise to a 5-2 win at the Mullins Center in Amherst. Toot Cahoon’s squad jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on even-strength goals by T.J. Syner and Daniel Hobbs. However, a power-play strike by ULowell’s Ryan Blair at 6:58 of the second halved the UMass lead, and River Hawk teammate Riley Wetmore knotted the game at 2-2 with only 19 ticks left in the second stanza. In the third, the Minutemen showed quick-strike capabilities of their own, as Douglas Kublin tallied the game-winner only 50 seconds in. Hobbs and Eric Filio added insurance markers to give UMass its third win in a row. UMass goalie Paul Dainton finished with 25 saves, while his counterpart, Doug Carr of ULowell, stopped 31 Minuteman shots.
Northeastern 2, No. 18 Merrimack 1: The Northeastern Huskies (3-8-4) recaptured a measure of pride on Saturday, rebounding from a home loss to the Warriors (7-4-4) on Friday to take the rematch, 2-1, at Merrimack’s Lawler Arena. Merrimack’s super sophomore Stephane Da Costa gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead with his seventh of the season at 13:02. Northeastern clawed back into the game on a Garrett Vermeersch strike at 2:29 of the second, and took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Tyler McNeely at 8:03. From there, Northeastern sophomore goaltender Chris Rawlings shut the Warriors down, stopping all 18 shots he saw over the last two periods, and finishing with 22 saves on the night. Merrimack’s Joe Cannata recorded 22 saves in the losing effort.
No. 9 Maine 5, Providence College 0: Maine (7-3-4) secured three of a possible four points during its weekend road trip to Providence (6-6-4), following up its 3-3 tie on Friday with a persuasive 5-0 shutout win on Saturday. Though known for their power play, the Black Bears did all their damage at even strength during Saturday’s rematch. Maine’s Joey Diamond gave the Black Bears a 1-0 lead at 12:16 of the first period, and teammate Spencer Abbott doubled the margin with his 11th goal at the 17:02 mark of the second. The Black Bears then turned on the style, erupting for three goals by Gustav Nyquist, Brian Flynn and Kyle Beattie in the first eight minutes of the final period to put the game out of reach. Friar starting netminder Alex Beaudry finished with 23 saves on the night, while Justin Gates had four saves in mop-up duty. Maine’s Martin Ouellette stopped 32 Friar shots.