Junior John Yaros picked a good time to collect his first collegiate shutout as UMass-Lowell, entering a tough stretch of Hockey East games, stymied Providence, 2-0, yesterday at Schneider Arena.
The River Hawks (17-7-4, 8-7-3), who are in fifth place in the conference and still in the hunt for home ice in the playoffs, have a home-and-home series with No. 1-ranked Boston College next weekend and then play a pair at Maine.
UMass-Lowell scored twice in the first six minutes then turned it over to Yaros (26 saves), who was making his second start of the season.
"I thought we got off to a good start and pretty much sustained that throughout the game," said River Hawks coach Blaise MacDonald. "The play of John Yaros was obviously solid."
Jason Tejchma scored a shorthanded goal on a rebound at 2:40 of the first period and Elias Godoy scored a power-play goal with a slap shot from just inside the blue line at 5:22.
Providence (7-18-4, 2-13-4) lifted starting goalie David Cacciola after Godoy's goal, and his replacement, freshman Tyler Sims, made 29 saves.
Salve Regina 6, Worcester St. 3 -- Peter Collins scored a pair of power-play goals in the first period to help the Seahawks (9-11-1, 6-5-1) cruise to an ECAC Northeast victory at Portsmouth, R.I.
Curry 7, Johnson & Wales 3 -- A hat trick by Brian Doherty powered the first-place Colonels (14-5-3, 12-0-1) to an ECAC Northeast win at Providence.
Providence 81, Rutgers 64 -- Ryan Gomes scored 22 points while Tuukka Kotti added 17 on 8-of-9 shooting to lead the host Friars to their first Big East win of the season. Gomes scored 20 or more points for the 15th time this season while Donnie McGrath added 17 points, shooting 5 for 7 on 3-pointers, for the Friars (11-13, 1-9).
Ollie Bailey led the Scarlet Knights (8-13, 2-9) with 15 points and seven rebounds while Ricky Shields and Quincy Douby each had 13.
Shields hit his school-record 243d career 3-pointer 9:13 into the first half, surpassing Geoff Billet. He went 3 for 9 on 3s, giving him 245. Billet had 242 from 1995-1999.
Holy Cross 73, Lehigh 53 -- Kevin Hamilton scored 20 points and Greg Kinsey added 11 as the host Crusaders won their 11th straight. Torey Thomas, in his first start since suffering a separated shoulder Jan. 15, added 8 points and 11 assists for Holy Cross (19-5, 10-1 Patriot League).
Jose Olivero scored 12 points for Lehigh (13-11, 7-4).
Holy Cross, which never trailed, limited Lehigh to 25 percent shooting in the first half on its way to a 36-19 halftime lead.
Binghamton 62, UNH 54 -- Andre Heard had 16 points and Alex Adediran added 13, including 9 in the second half, to lead the Bearcats to an America East victory at Durham, N.H. Ben Sturgill led UNH (7-16, 3-11) with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Binghamton (9-14, 6-8) took a 20-3 lead as the Wildcats missed their first six shots and turned the ball over six times in the first five minutes. Trailing, 25-8, with 7:46 left in the first period, New Hampshire responded with a 17-4 run.
Oregon St. 90, Washington 73 -- David Lucas scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and finished with 10 rebounds as the Beavers (14-9, 6-6) pulled off a Pacific-10 upset of the No. 11 Huskies at Corvallis, Ore. The Huskies (20-4, 10-3) had their four-game winning streak halted, and quietly departed the floor at Gill Coliseum as the Beavers and their fans celebrated at midcourt.
Rochester 76, Brandeis 69 -- Seth Hauben had 24 points and 11 rebounds -- his 15th double double of the season -- to power the Yellowjackets (19-3, 10-1) to a UAA win over the visiting Judges. Steve DeLuca led Brandeis (12-10, 5-6).
Eastern Conn. 80, Southern Maine 73 -- Michael Stallings scored 26 points and Leon Martin added 12 points and 10 assists for the host Warriors (7-14, 3-9 Little East).
Albertus Magnus 94, Southern Vt. 81 -- Tim Russell had 48 points and 12 rebounds for the host Falcons (4-16, 4-11 GNAC), offsetting a 40-point effort by the Mountaineers' Tim Bonnett.