UNH hockey: Lowell drops No. 9 Wildcats, 2-1, in Durham

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:41:59 AM. DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team has done well in short-handed situations this season. But with a pile of injuries leading into Friday’s game against UMass-Lowell, the Wildcats felt like they were playing short-handed all...
DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team has done well in short-handed situations this season. But with a pile of injuries leading into Friday’s game against UMass-Lowell, the Wildcats felt like they were playing short-handed all night. With three of his top six forwards on the mend, UNH Coach Dick Umile had to shuffle his lines in preparation for Lowell. By the end of the first period, another forward went down as Brendan van Riemsdyk skated to the trainer’s room after colliding with a pair of River Hawks at center ice. Ara Nazarian slid into van Riemsdyk’s spot on the left wing with Liam Blackburn and Patrick Grasso and gave the Wildcats a one-goal lead in the second period. The celebration was short-lived as Ryan Lohin potted the tying goal 25 seconds later and delivered the go-ahead tally in the third, lifting the River Hawks (5-6-0, 2-5-0 Hockey East) to a 2-1 win over the No. 9 Wildcats (6-2-1, 3-1-1) in Durham. “We had a chance to win it,” Umile said. “Injuries or no injuries, you can’t feel sorry and you’ve got to find ways to pull it up.” Shane Eiserman and Marcus Vela, two-thirds of the second line they typically share with Nazarian, were ruled out earlier this week. Eiserman is dealing with knee issues and Vela is recovering from an appendectomy.  The group of forwards dwindled by one more when freshman top-line winger Charlie Kelleher went down with a shoulder injury Wednesday in practice.  Neither Eiserman, Vela nor Kelleher will see the ice...Read more
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