LOWELL -- The Bentley Falcons scored in the early stages of the first period to take a 1-0 lead on the host UMass-Lowell River Hawks on Sunday afternoon at the Tsongas Center. UML does hold a 12-8 shots advantage despite trailing.
The Falcons took an early lead at 3:33 of the stanza as junior Brett Gensler continued his torrid scoring pace on the season with his 11th goal of the season, banging a rebound past UML junior Doug Carr, off an initial shot from sophomore linemate Alex Grieve.
From the naked eye, UML looked to have tied the game with 6:33 to play in the period as Derek Arnold cut through the Bentley defense and fluttered a pretty wrist shot past junior Branden Komm. After a lengthy review, it was determined that freshman Ryan McGrath was impeding Komm's play of the puck, forcing the goal to be overturned.
In the final 90 seconds of the period, McGrath hauled down Falcon junior Justin Breton going in on a breakaway and was stoned by the pad of Carr on the ensuing penalty shot.
Joshua Kummins is the Hockey East beat writer for SB Nation Boston. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.