UMass-Lowell entered its home opener on a high, raising its 2013 Hockey East championship and Frozen Four banners in spectacular fashion before facing Sacred Heart. But two goals from Drew George gave the Pioneers a season-opening victory and the biggest win in program history, as they defeated the top-ranked River Hawks, 2-1, at the Tsongas Center on Friday night.
The win was Sacred Heart’s first against a Hockey East opponent after going 0-9-1.
With five seconds left on the man advantage, George beat goalie Connor Hellebuyck with 16:12 remaining in the first period to take a 1-0 lead.
After a scoreless second, Joseph Pendenza struck for the River Hawks at 4:24 of the third period, beating goalie Alex Vazzano to tie the game, 1-1.
George broke the tie with his second of the night at 5:49.
Vazzano made 35 saves for the victory, while Hellebuyck stopped 23 shots.
Northeastern 9, Alabama-Huntsville 1 — Kevin Roy paced the Huskies in their opener with a hat trick and an assist as they routed the Chargers at Matthews Arena.
Mike McMurtry, Ryan Belonger, Dalen Hedges, Matt Benning, Braden Pimm, and Adam Reid also scored as 14 Huskies picked up points.
Clay Witt made 26 saves in the win.
UNH 4, Clarkson 1 — Matt Willows had a goal and an assist and Kyle Smith dished out a pair of assists to lift the 13th-ranked Wildcats over the Golden Knights in the opening round of the Ice Breaker tournament in Minneapolis.
New Hampshire (1-0-0) got a career-high 33 saves from Jeff Wyer, and Greg Lewis stopped 29 shots for Clarkson (2-1-0).
Eric Knodel gave New Hampshire a 1-0 lead at 14:27 of the first period and James de Hass tied it less than a minute and a half later.
Tyler Kelleher put the Wildcats ahead to stay with 3:32 left in the opening period.
Willows scored at 3:03 of the second period and Dan Correale completed the scoring 1:54 into the third.
Providence 5, Minnesota State 1 — John Gilmour had two goals and an assist and Mark Jankowski added two goals as the Friars opened the season with a home win over the No. 11 Mavericks.
Jon Gillies backstopped Providence with 25 saves.
St. Lawrence 3, Maine 1 — Patrick Doherty broke a 1-1 tie at 3:30 of the second period as the Saints (1-0-0) knocked off the Black Bears (0-1-0) in Canton, N.Y.
Blaine Byron scored for Maine at 1:48 of the second.
Denver 1, Merrimack 0 — Daniel Doremus’s power-play goal at the 4:30 mark of the first period was all the No. 17 Pioneers needed to beat the Warriors in Denver.
Sam Brittain stopped 25 shots for the shutout, while Merrimack’s Sam Marotta made 29 saves.
North Dakota 5, Vermont 3 — Rocco Grimaldi had goal and three assists as No. 7 North Dakota held off the visiting Catamounts in Grand Forks, N.D.
Tom Forgione, Rob Hamilton, and Nick Bruneteau scored for Vermont.
Bentley 6, Nebraska-Omaha 4 — Freshman Max French scored on the power play and shorthanded and senior Brett Gensler also notched two goals as the Falcons opened their season with a win over the Mavericks in Omaha.
Northeastern 2, Union 1 — Kelly Wallace and Maggie DiMasi scored as the Huskies (2-1-0) topped the Dutchwomen (2-2-0) in nonleague action in Schenectady, N.Y.
Chloe Desjardins made 23 saves in the win.
Union took a 1-0 lead just 1:18 into the contest on a Jessica Kaminsky goal.
Wallace evened the score when she beat Lundberg at 9:35 of the third period.
DiMasi notched her first of the season with 55 seconds left to put the Huskies up for good.
BC 5, St. Lawrence 2 — Haley Skarupa’s three-goal, one-assist effort led the charge as the No. 2 Eagles (2-0-0) downed the Saints (1-4-0) in a nonconference game at Conte Forum.
Taylor Wasylk and Andie Anastos also scored for BC, while Corinne Boyles made 26 saves.
Abbey McRae and Mel Desrochers scored for St. Lawrence.
BU 2, Rensselaer 2 — Jordan Juron and Rebecca Russo had a goal and an assist each as the No. 7 Terriers tied the Engineers in Troy, N.Y.
BU’s Kerrin Sperry made 34 saves, stopping 19 shots in the third period and overtime.
Kelly O’Brien turned aside 26 shots for the hosts.
UConn 3, Colgate 2 — Kayla Campero scored on the power play with 11 seconds left in overtime to lift the Huskies (1-3-0) over the Raiders (0-3-0) in Storrs, Conn.
Quinnipiac 5, Penn State 1 — Shiann Darkangelo scored twice as the Bobcats (2-0-1) toppled the Nittany Lions (1-1-1) in Hamden, Conn.
RIT 6, Vermont 0 — Kourtney Kunichika scored two goals to lead the Tigers (2-2-0) over the Catamounts (0-2-1) in Rochester, N.Y.