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College men's hockey: UMass-Lowell earns split with UMD

A pair of second-period slashes left No. 6 Minnesota Duluth in a hole it couldn't escape from Saturday, resulting in a 6-3 nonconference loss to seventh-ranked Massachusetts-Lowell and a series split between the top-10 teams at Amsoil Arena.

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A pair of second-period slashes left No. 6 Minnesota Duluth in a hole it couldn’t escape from Saturday, resulting in a 6-3 nonconference loss to seventh-ranked Massachusetts-Lowell and a series split between the top-10 teams at Amsoil Arena.
The Bulldogs (3-2-2), who won 2-1 Friday, trailed by three goals to start the third, but senior wing Austin Farley scored on a power play and junior defenseman Brenden Kotyk added another goal less than a minute later early in the period to cut the River Hawks’ lead to one 3:30 into the third.
Lowell senior wing Adam Chapie ended the Bulldogs rally with less than 13 minutes to play in regulation with his third point of the night and first goal of the evening. Sophomore wing C.J. Smith then added another goal - his fourth point and first goal of the night - with seven minutes to play.
“It’s almost more frustrating because you know what this team has and this team can do,” UMD senior defenseman and captain Andy Welsinki said about the failed comeback. “It’s a positive to come out and do that being down as much as we were.
“(The River Hawks) are definitely a tough team to play against. We knew that coming in they are very defensive-oriented and they clog things up. We had opportunities. We had chances.”
The Bulldogs took two slashing penalties - one on senior center Tony Cameranesi, who left the game in the third with an upper-body injury, and another on freshman defenseman Neal Pionk - 85 seconds apart in the second period that led to a pair of Lowell power-play goals.
Both were scored by junior defenseman Dylan Zink and were separated by just 42 seconds. Zink’s first goal came on a two-man advantage while the second was with the River Hawks (4-1-2) up one man.
Junior center Joe Gambardella then scored the River Hawks’ fourth goal of the night and third of the period 1:36 before the final intermission to put the Bulldogs down 4-1.
“I didn’t think we helped the cause at all. I don’t think we were on tonight. I thought our first period was OK, but we shot ourselves in the foot,” UMD coach Scott Sandelin said. “The (Pionk) penalty, again, put us down 5-on-3 and that kind of killed any momentum we had.
“In the third period, we made a little push there so I give our guys credit for not quitting, but we dug too deep a hole and got beat by the better team tonight.”
Both teams recorded their first goal of the night off faceoffs late in the first period.
Lowell won a clean draw in the UMD end to set up a quick slap shot by sophomore defenseman Tyler Mueller that beat sophomore goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo high at 14:43.
UMD junior wing Kyle Osterberg tied the game 19 seconds prior to the first intermission with his 50th career point. His shot was created via a battle off the faceoff down low involving sophomore center Jared Thomas and freshman wing Adam Johnson of Hibbing.

“Obviously we have to learn how to play a 60-minute game,” said Osterberg, whose Bulldogs begin NCHC play next week when they travel to Nebraska-Omaha at the new Baxter Arena. “We started off bad, got a little stuff going at the end, but we have to play a full 60 minutes here.
“This shows what we have to do as a team to win every night.”
Kaskisuo finished with 13 saves on 17 shots and was replaced during the second intermission by senior goalie Matt McNeely, who in his first action of the season stopped 12 of the 14 shots he faced.
Kaskisuo, who had played every regular season minute of every game for UMD up until the third period, stopped 26-of-27 shots the night before in the 2-1 win. Those 26 saves included a pair of Lowell shorthanded breakaways.
“Offensively, they were very sound in the zone and they supported the puck well,” Welinski said about Lowell. “They made a lot of quick plays and they got some opportunities - more tonight than last night. I think both nights they had a lot of chances. We can’t rely on a goaltender to bail us out every time.”
UMass Lowell............. 1-3-2-6
Minnesota Duluth....... 1-0-2-3
First period - 1. UML, Tyler Mueller 1 (C.J. Smith, Joe Gambardella), 14:43; 2. UMD, Kyle Osterberg 1 (Adam Johnson, Jared Thomas), 19:41. Penalties - Austyn Young, UMD (interference), 1:41; Adam Chapie, UML (embellishment), 1:41; Ryan Dmowski, UML (slashing), 3:04.
Second period - 3. UML, Dylan Zink 1 (Smith, Chapie), 6:12 (pp); 4. UML, Zink 2 (Michael Fallon, Mueller), 6:54 (pp); 5. UML, Gambardella 2 (Chapie, Smith). Penalties - Tony Cameranesi, UMD (slashing), 4:29; Neal Pionk, UMD (slashing), 5:54; Nick Master, UML (hooking), 11:25; Thomas, UMD (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:36; Dmowski, UML (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:36; Brenden Kotyk, UMD (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:36; Connor Wilson, UML (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:36.
Third period - 6. UMD, Austin Farley 2 (Carson Soucy, Cameranesi), 2:42 (pp); 7. UMD, Kotyk 1 (Austyn Young, Alex Iafallo), 3:34; 8. UML, Chapie 3 (Master, Niklas Folin), 7:21; 9: UML, Smith 2 (Gambardella, Michael Colantone), 13:03. Penalties - Master, UML (hooking), 2:14; Chris Forney, UML (interference), 13:57; Willie Corrin, UMD (hooking), 16:26; Iafallo, UMD (roughing), 19:05; Mueller, UML (roughing), 19:05; Soucy, UMD (cross checking), 19:47.
Shots on goal - UML 5-12-14-31; UMD 9-7-12-28. Goalies - Kevin Boyle, UML (28 shots-25 saves); Kasimir Kaskisuo, UMD (17-13); Matt McNeely, UMD (14-12). Power plays - UML 2-of-5; UMD 1-of-4. Referees - Scott Bokal, Derek Shepherd. Linesmen - Nick Biondich, Dana Penkivech. Att. - 5,703.

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