Ouellette Makes Career-High 39 Saves in 1-1 Draw at #10 UMass Lowell
LOWELL, Mass. -- The University of Maine men's ice hockey team skated to a 1-1 draw at #10 UMass Lowell on Friday night at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. Ryan Lomberg (Richmond, Hill, Ontario) sent the game to overtime with a goal at 18:36 of the third period. Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) made some outstanding saves in the game, surrendering just one first period goal. Maine moves to 11-7-3 on the season and 5-2-2 in Hockey East play, while UMass Lowell moves to 14-6-2, 4-3-1 in conference play.
UMass Lowell struck first with a goal at 17:11 of the first period. Joe Gambardella picked the puck off in the neutral zone and passed to Adam Chapie in the offensive zone. His shot from the right face-off circle deflected off the pipe and behind Maine goalie Martin Ouellette.
Maine tied the game at 18:36 of the third period. With Ouellette pulled in favor of an extra attacker, Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) had a shot from the blueline that Ryan Lomberg gained control of and fired it past UMass Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck. For Lomberg, it was his seventh goal of the season.
UMass Lowell outshot Maine 40-29 in the game. The Black Bears were scoreless in three power play opportunities, while UMass Lowell was scoreless in two chances.
Maine goalie Ouellette was outstanding in the game for the Black Bears, coming up with big save after big save. He stopped a career-high 39 shots and move to 10-8-3 on the season. He earned the game's first star. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots and moves to 7-4-1 on the season.
The game marked the 500th career game for Maine athletic trainer Paul Culina.
Maine returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 18 when they travel to Boston College for a 7 PM tilt with the Eagles.