College Hockey: UNH's Goumas hits century mark, but Lowell wins in OT
By ALLEN LESSELS New Hampshire Union Leader
DURHAM – New Hampshire senior forward Kevin Goumas joined the One Hundred Club over the weekend.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, that Goumas hit the 100-point mark for his career was one of the few highlights in their home-and-home weekend series against No. 15-ranked UMass-Lowell.
Yes, the Wildcats got Saturday night's game to overtime on a Grayson Downing goal with 1:13 left in regulation and coach Dick Umile liked the way the team competed.
But Lowell's Derek Arnold trumped the tying goal with a power-play bullet into the top far corner of the net with 1:43 left in the extra session to give his team a 3-2 overtime win in front of 5,976 at the Whittemore Center.
The victory completed a UMass-Lowell weekend and season sweep. The River Hawks beat UNH, 5-3, on Friday night at the Tsongas Center.
"It was kind of disappointing the way it ended, obviously," Downing said. "You get it into overtime and you want to keep that momentum going and hopefully put another one in. Even a tie is better than that."
The Wildcats dropped to 1-5-1 overall and 0-2-0 in Hockey East.
Lowell is 5-3-0 and 2-0-0.
"I told the team that was a tough one to take," Umile said. "It's a tough pill to swallow because of how hard the guys competed."
Trailing 2-1, the Wildcats had tied it up late with the help of a power play and with goalie Casey DeSmith pulled for an extra attacker.
Freshman Tyler Kelleher set the play up and Downing knocked it in for his first of the year.
Each team had a scoring bid in the closing seconds of regulation.
UNH had the first power play chance in overtime. But Lowell had a shorthanded chance the other way and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk was called for holding as he broke the play up.
The River Hawks ended up with part of a power play and Arnold took full advantage with a slap shot.
DeSmith, the junior from Rochester, finished with 21 saves.
The Wildcats stay in Hockey East for a couple more games next weekend.
They play Massachusetts at the Whittemore Center on Friday night at 7:30 and are at UMass on Saturday.
UMass tied Maine, 1-1, at home on Friday night and beat the Black Bears, 2-1, on Saturday.
UNH scored first, as it did on Friday night. Goumas gave the puck to Nick Sorkin and he came deep into the Lowell zone and sent the puck out front to Brett Pesce. The sophomore defenseman fired the puck low and beat Carr for his first of the year with 9:32 left in the second period.
An assist on the play was the 100th career point for Goumas. He has 28 goals and 72 assists in 112 games.
Joseph Pendenza tied it for Lowell with a power play goal with 2:36 left in the second period. The Wildcats had killed off one minute and 19 seconds of a Lowell two-man advantage Pendenza scored while the River Hawks were still a man up.
Lowell defenseman Christian Folin blasted a slap shot past DeSmith with 58 seconds left in the period to make it 2-1. Forward Chris Maniccia controlled the puck in the right corner and fed Folin, who had just come off the bench for his shift and was steaming over the blueline.
UNH had a couple of power play chances late in the third period – including 39 seconds worth of a two-man advantage – and finally did tie it.
But they came up short at the end.
"It is what it is," Umile said. "We're in a tough spot and we've got to scratch and claw and get ourselves out of this hole."
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Collin Bourque, a 5-foot-7 and 155-pound freshman forward from Goffstown, saw his first action for the Wildcats. He skated as the right wing on the fourth line with junior center Jay Camper and sophomore left wing Dan Correale. . . . Goumas is the first Wildcat to reach the century mark since Paul Thompson, Mike Sislo and Phil DeSimone all did it in the 2010-11 season.