#11 Maine Skates Past UMass Hockey, 7-3
Feb. 17, 2012
ORONO, Maine. - The UMass hockey team managed three third period goals, but the effort was not enough to dig out of a six-goal deficit, falling 7-3 to #11 Maine at Alfond Arena on Friday night. With the loss, the Minutemen are now 10-14-5 on the season, 6-12-4 in Hockey East, while the Black Bears improve to 18-9-3 overall and 13-8-2 in conference action.
Seven different UMass players notched points on the evening, including junior Kevin Czepiel who scored his first of the season. Sophomore Michael Pereira found the back of the net for a third straight game and now has 11 points over the past eight contests.
The Black Bears opened up the scoring 4:28 into the first as Kyle Beattie skated into the UMass zone and fired a shot from the right faceoff circle that beat netminder Steve Mastalerz five-hole.
Just under 10 minutes later, Nick Prior made it a 2-0 advantage for Maine, scoring from the high slot on the power play. Adam Shemansky and Beattie picked up assists on the tally that came at 14:02.
Then in the closing seconds of the opening frame, the Black Bears pushed their lead to 3-0. Off a turnover behind the Minutemen net, Joey Diamond and Spencer Abbott set up Brian Flynn with a centering pass, which he finished from close range at 19:38.
Maine followed up with a three-goal second as well. Flynn added his second of the night at 11:45 and Matt Mangene scored at 13:10, chasing Mastalerz from the UMass net. Diamond then picked up his third point of the night, notching his 19th of the season on a breakaway at 18:21.
The Mass Attack broke up the shutout 5:48 into the third. Patrick Kiley picked up an attempted clear by a Black Bears' defenseman along the boards and shoveled a shot towards the net to score his fourth of the season.
Exactly three minutes later, Czepiel redirected a puck in front to bring the score to 6-2. Senior Michael Marcou and junior Rocco Carzo earned assists on the tally.
The Minutemen added another goal late as Pereira crashed the net to connect with a feed from sophomore Conor Sheary and Steven Guzzo at 18:42 before Theo Andersson would cap off the scoring for Maine with his first of the year just 15 seconds later.
The Black Bears finished the night with a 32-23 shot advantage with starter Dan Sullivan making 18 saves before being relieved by Martin Ouellette for the final 5:49 of the contest. Mastalerz and Boyle logged 12 and 13 saves, respectively, for the Mass Attack.
Maine and UMass will play the final game of the season series tomorrow night, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in Alfond Arena.