Irish offense stymied
LOWELL, Mass. — Behind Kevin Boyle’s 35 saves, fifth-ranked UMass Lowell turned back Notre Dame, 3-1, Saturday night at the Tsongas Center (5,868).
After a scoreless first period, Evan Campbell put UMass Lowell up 1-0 at 5:40 of the second period with a power-play goal.
Exactly one minute later, Thomas DiPauli responded for the Irish by scoring his fifth goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.
Nick Master netted what proved to be the game winner early in the third period, notching a power-play goal at the 6:20 mark.
Notre Dame continued to generate quality chances down the stretch, but could not solve Boyle for a second time.
“Outside of special teams I thought we did pretty well,” Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson said. “Give their goaltender credit, I thought he played really well so that’s what you generally need to win when you are on the road – goaltending and special teams – and that worked against us tonight.”
Mario Lucia and Jordan Gross also had chances near the end of regulation as the Irish skated on the 6-on-5 advantage with Petersen still out of the net, but Boyle and the River Hawks held on.
Cal Petersen finished with 13 saves in the Irish net as the Notre Dame defense limited the River Hawks to just 16 shots on goal.
Notre Dame (5-3-4, 3-1-2 HEA) was 0-for-5 on the power play, while UMass Lowell (9-1-3, 5-0-3 HEA) finished 2-for-3 on the power play.