The period started with a surprising amount of UConn pressure and forechecking. For the better part of four minutes, the Huskies held the puck strongly in the UMass-Lowell zone, attacking the puck behind the red line and pinching defensemen up to prevent any easy clearing by the Riverhawks.
This lead to early chances, and a decent amount of oohs and ahhs from the sparse crowd. The contingent here is again split relatively evenly, though it seems like UConn holds another slight edge. UMass-Lowell seemed completely and utterly unfazed by this early attack of UConn and rebounded with a multi-minute possession.
The period looked like it was going to be uneventful but UMass-Lowell prevented that with a great shot by defensemen Dylan Zink. The goal was reviewed for what the press box assumes was goaltender interference (they don't provide any information and don't display replays on the jumbotron), but it stood for the sophomore's fifth of the year. The Riverhawks set a nice screen in front of net and Nichols never even saw it until it was embracing twine.
UMass-Lowell kept their foot on the gas until the end of the period, firing off five more shots before the horn rang. The Huskies played well for about 17 minutes that period, and need another 40 to stay in this game. UMass-Lowell will seemingly make them pay for every mistake, even as infrequently as they came in the first.
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17:53 – Dylan Zink; assisted by Michael Fallon