Minutemen Hockey Powers Past UVM, 3-2
Jan. 25, 2013
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont erased UMass hockey's two-goal lead late in the second period, but the Minutemen responded with their second power-play tally of the night 5:32 into the third to secure the squad's second straight victory, 3-2 over UVM at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Friday night. With the win, UMass improves to 9-11-2 overall, 6-8-1 in Hockey East, while the Catamounts fall to 6-13-4 on the year and 3-9-4 in conference action.
Senior Darren Rowe and junior Adam Phillips both had multi-point nights with two assists apiece. Rowe now has logged six points over the last four games for the Minutemen. Junior Conor Sheary notched his fifth goal of the year to increase his power play points total to 10 of his 17 on the season.
With the opening period winding down, junior Eric Filiou stuffed in a rebound along the far post off Rowe's shot from the left faceoff circle after receiving the puck from Phillips. The tally, which gave the Minutemen a 1-0 advantage, came at the 19:44 mark of the first and was the first of the season for the junior.
UMass expanded the lead to 2-0, 6:23 into the second period. On the power play, Phillips collected a pass from Carzo and fed Hanley for a wrister from the high slot that found the top left corner of the net.
However, Vermont answered just 58 seconds later to cut its deficit in half. Kyle Reynolds' shot from between the faceoff circles found its way past goaltender Steve Mastalerz at the 7:21 mark.
The Catamounts then leveled the score 17:46 into the stanza. Connor Brickley successfully one-timed a cross-ice pass from Jacob Fallon to knot things up at 2-2.
Early in the third period, Sheary converted on the Minutemen's fifth power play of the night, flinging the puck through traffic for the eventual game winner at 5:32. Freshman Shane Walsh and Rowe earned the assists on the tally, Walsh's fourth helper on a game winner this season.
UMass finished with a 37-21 shot advantage and won 36 of 70 faceoffs. Mastalerz totaled 19 saves en route to his second straight victory, while Brody Hoffman stopped 34 for UVM.
The teams will close out the season series tomorrow night, Jan. 26, at 7:05 p.m. in Gutterson Fieldhouse.