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Frozen Four Live Blog: Yale vs. UMass-Lowell: Third Period

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The second period saw a huge momentum swing with the Riverhawks scoring two straight goals.

For more on the second period, including 2 straight UML goals within 30 seconds of each other, click here.

6:24 p.m. Puck drops in the third. HERE WE GO.

6:27 p.m. Yale still out-shooting the ‘Hawks, 24-16, but it’s not how many you throw, it’s how many you land. Tension mounting here in Pittsburgh.

6:29 p.m. Both teams look surprisingly calm right now. Almost a calm-before-the-storm feel. Bench guys on the edge of their seats, leaning over the rail. Lowell and Yale fans are all standing.

6:31 p.m. A slap shot with bad intentions from Kenny Agostino. Great save by Lowells’ Hellebuyck. Still 2-2, 15:00 left.

6:35 p.m. Huge opportunity for Yale here as UML defenseman Joe Houk took a penalty for high sticking. Power plays have been gigantic in this game. Let’s see what Yale can do here.

6:37 p.m. Big-time shot from Tommy Fallen from the right slot. Hellebuyck juggled it, then finally put it away in the glove. He needed to save that one twice.

6:39 p.m. Yale shot from CENTER ICE nearly goes in and needs a quick Hellebuyck to make the save. Rebound chance was right on the money but no good.

6:40 p.m. QU fans chanting derogatory things about Yale. It’s amazing to have these two rivals here. Like Louisville-Kentucky at the Final Four last year, only with that Whitney Avenue swag.

6:41 p.m. I just used the word “swag.” Getting punchy up here.

6:46 p.m. Another couple of chances for Yale. Uncontested shot from Kenny Agostino saved by Hellebuyck. Ensuing Lowell chance thwarted by Malcolm. Beatiful save on a back-handed wrister from UML’s Pendezza, who scored earlier.

6:52 p.m. Good chance for Yale as Laganiere almost squirts one past Hellebuyck. It was deflected up front by a UML player.

6:54 p.m. Yale getting the best chances here late in the period. The puck has stayed in the Lowell zone longer and Hellebuyck has had to work much harder for saves in this period. Bulldogs now doubling up Lowell on shots, 35-17.

6:58 p.m. A 3-on-1 break for Yale ends with the puck just wide of the net. Another tremendous scoring opportunity. If Yale ends up losing this game, it’s going to be heartsick. Completely outplaying Lowell, except for that one disastrous stretch in the second.

7:01 p.m. Ryan Obuchowski hit the X button, put on a couple of Sidney Crosby-like dekes and slapped  a shot right on Hellebuyck. Another Yale chance off a face-off win goes just wide. Two more shots taken in this stretch, and Hellebuyck gloves one high over the net. 1:50 to go in the third.

7:04 p.m. Yet another face-off in the Lowell zone coming with 1:25 left in the period. Guy next to me just got up and left. Unless his wife is going into labor or he had an uncontrollable bowel movement, I don’t know where he’s going.

7:05 p.m. Hard slap shot from Lowell’s Chad Ruhwedel. Saved by Malcolm. Easily the best chance for the ‘Hawks since they scored in the second period. At the other end, Yale with another chance but another save made by Hellebuyck. He’s keeping UML in the game.

7:07 p.m. …AND WE’RE GOING TO OVERTIME!! Gotta say, that was a gamble by the guy next to me, but it paid off. His bowels are probably thanking him. 15 minute intermission, and we’ll be back.

THE SEASON IS ON THE LINE. IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS. STAY TUNED.