The second period started out with the opposite feel of the first – that being UMass-Lowell decided to increase its pressure and prevent any UConn production for nearly ten minutes. UConn had extreme difficulty with the long change, seemingly unable to get the puck out of their zone and keep it there for any extended period of time. In the mean time, Rob Nichols got absolutely peppered, facing shot after shot by the Riverhawks.
UConn got their first break of the period when UMass-Lowell's Ryan McGrath was wrung up for an interference penalty in his own zone on one of the few UConn clearances that saw possession attached to it, but the Huskies simply could not capitalize on the man advantage. In fact, UConn could very rarely get the puck on goal, only getting eight shots to UMass-Lowell's Kevin Boyle before the period's end.
UConn needs to come out hot and agressive in the third if they want to take the championship from the Riverhawks. They haven't made many mistakes, but they will need to take advantage of every single UML mishap from here on out.
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12:33 – Ryan McGrath; INTERFERENCE