Streak Snapped For Hockey With Loss To #11 UML
Jan. 27, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass hockey team converted on both of its power play chances, but could not hold off 11th-ranked UMass Lowell as the Mass Attack's 10-game home unbeaten streak came to an end with a 4-2 loss to the River Hawks on Friday night at the Mullins Center. Following the setback the Minutemen are now 9-9-5 overall and 5-7-4 in Hockey East, while UMass Lowell improves to 15-6-0 (10-5-0 HEA).
Six UMass players tallied points in the contest, including sophomore Conor Allen who scored for a third straight game, his sixth of the season.
UMass took advantage of an early power play opportunity in the first period to go on top, 1-0. Steven Guzzo stole the puck in the slot and tapped it over to Michael Pereira who fed Branden Gracel inside the left faceoff circle. Gracel's wrister beat Doug Carr at 3:16, his fifth tally of the season.
After the Minutemen had successfully killed off three power plays in the frame, UMass Lowell struck for the equalizer with a man advantage late in the opening period. Derek Arnold centered the puck for Josh Holmstrom, who redirected it past netminder Steve Mastalerz at 18:56.
The River Hawks then took a 2-1 lead 7:37 into the second period. Joseph Pedenza skated into the UMass zone alone and scored after connecting with a blue line to blue line pass from Terrence Wallin. Stephen Buco picked up an assist, as well.
UMass Lowell then increased the margin to two 18:21 into the frame. Riley Wetmore's initial shot off a feed from David Vallorani was stopped by Mastalerz. However, the puck squirted free and Holmstrom stuffed in the rebound for his second of the night, giving the River Hawks a 3-1 edge heading into the third.
Then in the final seconds, David Vallorani sealed the win for UMass Lowell, tucking in the puck at the doorstep at 19:34 from Wetmore and Wallin.
Mastalerz finished with 30 saves for the Mass Attack and is now 3-2-0 on the season, while Carr (14-4-0) stopped 34 for the River Hawks. UMass finished with a 36-34 edge in shots and won 34 of 72 faceoffs.
Both teams will be back in action tomorrow night, Saturday, Jan. 28, playing the final of the three-game season series between the squads in Lowell at 7 p.m.
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