The UMass-Lowell River Hawks lead the Miami (OH) RedHawks, 2-0, after the first period of play in the First Round of the 2012 NCAA Hockey Tournament from the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.
UMass-Lowell took an early lead on the power-play after a lengthy review of the goal. Miami's Tyler Biggs was sent to the penalty box for boarding at the 1:25 mark. Josh Holmstrom scored nine seconds after the power-play started on a rebound. The referees were reviewing whether or not Holmstrom directed the puck into the net with his glove. Tim Corcoran was credited with an assist on the goal.
The River Hawks looked as if they extended their lead a few minutes later when they pounced on another rebound. However, the referees deemed that there had been goaltender interference on Miami goalie Connor Knapp during the initial shot. The goal was waived off, but no penalty was assessed.
UMass-Lowell looked to be the quicker team in the first period and it paid off on a penalty kill as the period was winding down. Miami made one too many passes at the blue line of the attacking zone. Colin Wright anticipated the pass and got his stick on it and set himself up for a breakaway chance on Knapp. Wright beat Knapp on the ice between the pads on a quick wrist shot to make it 2-0.
Doug Carr turned away all six of the RedHawks' shots in the first period. Knapp made seven saves in the first period for Miami.
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