Lowell swats away American International Yellow Jackets

(Photo/Justin Soderberg)

(Photo/Justin Soderberg)

LOWELL, Mass. – The UMass Lowell River Hawks continue their winning ways on Tuesday night as they swatted away the American International College Yellow Jackets, 6-1 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. in front of 3,307.

The River Hawks extend their season long and national best winning streak to six games and improve to 11-4-0 on the season overall. The Yellow Jackets fall to 3-8-0 on the season.

The last time these two schools met the River Hawks walked away with a 22-0 victory over the Yellow Jackets when both schools were Division II programs. Tuesday night was slightly different, although had the same result in the win-loss column with the W going to Lowell.

UMass Lowell had six different goal scorers find the back of the net, including two goals in the game’s first 64 seconds. The game’s first goal came only 15 seconds into the contest as Ryan McGrath tipped a Jake Suter shot past starting goaltender Ty Reichenbach. A.J. White added the River Hawks second goal only 49 seconds later and UMass Lowell never looked back.

Stephen Buco and Suter assisted on two goals each on Tuesday night, while Derek Arnold, McGrath and White netted a single goal and assisted on another.

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Back in 1981, the last time these two schools met in the regular season, UMass Lowell’s Ken Kaiser netted nine goals of his own. The story was a little different on Tuesday night as six different River Hawks tallied goals and 12 different skaters had at least a single point during the 60-minute contest.

Doug Carr stopped 20-of-21 shots on his way to his fifth win of the season and improved his record to 5-1-0 in six appearances.

The River Hawks have allowed on a single goal or less in five of their last six games, all in victories.

UMass Lowell is back in action on Sunday, Dec. 8 as they travel to the Alfond Arena in Orono, ME against the Maine Black Bears.


Justin Soderberg has covered the UMass Lowell River Hawks and Hockey East for over two years. Soderberg also contributes to Boston Bruins coverage for Inside Hockey. Follow him on twitter: @JMSoderberg