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Hockey Falls in Home Debut, 4-1
Jake Chelios battles in front of the net during MSU's loss to UMass-Lowell.
Jake Chelios battles in front of the net during MSU's loss to UMass-Lowell.

Oct. 25, 2013

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - UMass-Lowell got goals from four different players en route to a 4-1 win over the Michigan State hockey team on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing. The River Hawks (2-3) scored once in each of the first two periods and added two in third. Mackenzie MacEachern scored his first-career goal for the Spartans (0-3).

"UMass-Lowell is a really good team. I was impressed with how hard they play and how difficult they make things for their opponents," said MSU head coach Tom Anastos. "They're very experienced and we have to learn from games like this what it takes to be very consistent - every night, every period and every shift - to become a championship-level team."

Despite being outshot throughout the early part of the first period, the River Hawks grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 12:33 mark. Spartan goalie Jake Hildebrand turned away Michael Kapla's shot from the left point, but Joe Gambardella jumped on the rebound and put it in the net to give UMass-Lowell the early edge.

UMass-Lowell made it 2-0 at the 8:52 point of the second period as Stephen Buco converted on an odd-man rush. Buco took a feed from Terrence Wallin in the high slot and slid a low shot past Hildebrand.

The River Hawks upped their lead to 3-0 at the 7:08 mark of the third period. With UMass-Lowell on the power play, Josh Holmstrom took a pass from Joe Houk just outside the crease and put it past Hildebrand.

The Spartans got on the board just 1:40 later. MacEachern took a clearing attempt from Rhett Holland in the neutral zone and broke toward the left side of the ice once he hit UML blue line. He beat Hellebuyck high-glove side for his first -career goal.

"It's a good feeling to get your first goal, but I wish the game went a little differently," said MacEachern. "Hopefully, we'll be able to turn it around tomorrow."

The assist was Holland's team-leading third of the season.

Joe Pendenza capped the scoring for UML with just over 2:30 to play in the third period. Pnedenza took a lead pass in the neutral zone from Holmstrom and went in all alone on Hildebrand, making the final score 4-1.

The River Hawks finished with a 33-25 edge in shots on goal. UML went 1-for-4 on the power play, while MSU went 0-for-5.

The Spartans will take on No. 14 Boston University tomorrow night at Munn at 7 p.m.




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