UNH men’s hockey scores late to win opener at UMass-Lowell

Monitor staff
Saturday, October 07, 2017

If there was any bitter taste lingering from last season’s Hockey East quarterfinals, the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team washed it out Friday night in Lowell, Mass.

Shane Eiserman found twine with a shade over 14 seconds left in the third period to lift the Wildcats to a 4-3 win over the defending Hockey East champion UMass-Lowell River Hawks at the Tsongas Center.

It was the first game of the season for both programs – the last game UNH played was an 8-2 loss to the River Hawks in the conference tournament. The Wildcats and River Hawks will travel to Durham to play the second game of this home-and-home series Saturday at the Whittemore Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Freshman defenseman Max Gildon assisted on Eiserman’s goal, which came just a minute after Jake Kamrass tied it up for Lowell on the power play and with goaltender Tyler Wall pulled for an extra skater.

Lowell took a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game on a goal by Connor Wilson. UNH answered a pair of quick ones in the second period by Marcus Vela and Frankie Cefalu (power play) separated by 45 seconds.

Lowell tied it, 2-2, almost five minutes into the third on a power-play goal by John Edwardh. Ara Nazarian regained the lead for UNH off a feed from Liam Blackburn five minutes later. UNH couldn’t protect the advantage as Kamrass scored with 1:14 left.

UNH netminder Danny Tirone finished with 20 saves.