DURHAM, NH - Cam McCormick stopped 30 shots in earning his second shutout of the season as No. 8 UMass Lowell avanged Friday night's loss with a 1-0 victory over No. 7 New Hampshire in Hockey East action Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.
Lowell snapped a two-game losing streak with the win and improved to 5-2-0 overall and 3-2-0 in Hockey East. UNH, which beat the River Hawks 5-2 at Tsongas Arena the night before, suffered its first conference loss to fall to 4-2-2 and 3-1-2 in league play.
Following a scoreless first period in which nine penalties were called, Lowell scored the only goal of the contest on Anders Strome's tally at 16:36 of the second. UNH netminder Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) made the initial save on a Jerramie Domish shot from the right faceoff circle but Strome picked up the rebound and skated behind the net before sliding the puck past Ayers to give the River Hawks the lead.
UNH's best chance in the second came with eight minutes remaining. Senior David Busch (Toronto, Ontario) sent a crisp pass across the crease to a driving Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario), who directed it onto a momentarily wide open net. But before the puck crossed the goal line, Lowell netminder Cam McCormick lunged across his crease and reached back to collect the scoring bid with his glove.
The Wildcats tested McCormick again in the third period but couldn't slip one past the 6-2, 237-pound senior. McCormick's best save of the stanza came midway through when he thwarted freshman Sean Collins' (Reading, Mass.) power-play bid with his glove while diving to his left.
Ayers, making his third start of the season, was just as sharp in the New Hampshire net, recording 32 saves including a stop on the River Hawks' Ed McGrane on a breakaway with nine minutes remaining in the third period.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 17 (7 p.m.) with a road game against Providence College. The Wildcats are host of the Dodge Dealers of New England Conference Classic on Nov. 24-25. First day action at the Whittemore Center features Denver vs. Vermont at 3 p.m. and UNH battles Ohio State at six o'clock.