By: Josh Brown
LOWELL – The Hockey East undefeated streak ends at four.
Tommy Panico scored two third period goals and Nick Master added another to lead UMass Lowell to a come-from-behind 4-2 win over No. 13 Northeastern on Saturday night at the Tsongas Center.
Cayden Primeau got the start in net for Northeastern (6-3-1, 4-1-0), making 26 saves on the evening. The freshman goalie took two shots to the head throughout the course of the game, but was able to remain in net.
Northeastern took a 1-0 lead when sophomore defenseman Jeremy Davies beat UMass Lowell (5-7-0, 2-6-0) netminder Christoffer Hernberg (33 saves) five-hole on the power play. The goal was Davies’ first on the season.
Lowell answered with a power play goal of its own at the 17:44 mark in the first period. Sophomore Tyler Lohin took a feed from Kenny Hausinger and roofed it over Primeau’s shoulder.
The second period was a back-and-forth affair that ended with a Nolan Stevens power play goal with just under four minutes remaining. The senior captain cleaned up a rebound off an Adam Gaudette shot and guided it into the back of the net.
Lowell started the third period with a burst of energy, scoring two goals in the first six minutes of the frame. Tommy Panico tied the game up at two before Nick Master gave the River Hawks a lead that they would ultimately hold on to.
Despite a flurry of chances for both teams throughout the game’s final 14 minutes, the only other tally was a Panico empty net strike with 49 seconds remaining in the game.
Northeastern will next take the ice on Friday when they host Hockey East foe Vermont. WRBB will have complete coverage, with pregame analysis beginning at 6:45 p.m.