DURHAM, N.H. - Elias Godoy scored three goals and assisted on another to lead the University of Massachusetts-Lowell men's hockey team to Tuesday night's 5-4 Hockey East victory against the third-ranked University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center.
UNH falls to 8-3-1 overall and 5-2-1 in Hockey East while UMass-Lowell is now 6-4-3, 4-3-1.
With the score tied 4-4 through two periods, Godoy completed his hat trick at 16:03 when he scored into an open left side of the net from the left doorstep. Ben Walter (three assists) found Godoy in front from the right corner and Andrew Martin (two assists) was also credited with an assist.
UNH goaltender Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.), who finished with 23 saves, was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 31 seconds to play but the Wildcats did not sustain pressure in the offensive end. UML goalie Chris Davidson turned aside 16 shots.
The River Hawks took a 2-0 lead through one period on a pair of similar plays. Danny O'Brien scored at 5:31 when, standing in front of the net, he redirected Jason Tejchma's centering pass from the left corner. Cleve Kinley gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage at 7:12 on a power-play goal in which he redirected Ben Walter's centering pass from the left corner.
The teams combined for six second-period goals and entered the final frame tied, 4-4. UML extended its lead to 3-0 on Godoy's power-play goal 26 seconds into the second period. The Wildcats trimmed the deficit to 3-1 when Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) netted a power-play goal into the open near side of the net from the left circle.
UMass-Lowell reestablished a three-goal lead, 4-1, when Godoy netted his second goal of the night at 14:22 by maneuvering through the right circle to the slot and wristing a shot inside the left post. UNH responded at the other end of the ice just 14 seconds later, however, when Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) tipped in Yandle's slap shot from the right point. The Wildcats pulled within 4-3 at 16:12 on a Tim Horst (South St. Paul, Minn.) goal and evened the score, 4-4, with 31 seconds remaining in the middle stanza on a shot from the right point by Mike Lubesnick (Northbrook, Ill.).
UNH returns to action Nov. 29 at home against Rensselaer. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.