UMass Hockey Topples #11 Maine, 4-1
Feb. 18, 2012
ORONO, Maine. - The UMass hockey team used the momentum of an opening minute goal to roll to a 4-1 win at #11 Maine on Saturday night at Alfond Arena. With the victory, the Minutemen's sixth of the season against a ranked opponent, the squad moves to 11-14-5, 7-12-4 in Hockey East, while the Black Bears fall to 18-10-3 and 13-9-2 in conference action.
Senior Michael Marcou had two assists on the evening, while sophomore Michael Pereira scored for a fourth straight game, his team leading 17th of the season. Redshirt freshman Steven Guzzo, junior Rocco Carzo and sophomore Eric Filiou all added tallies as well.
The Mass Attack got on the board in a hurry, scoring just 51 seconds into the contest. An odd bounce off the end boards behind the Maine net came to Guzzo in front, which he poked home past Dan Sullivan for his eighth of the year.
Then in the second, UMass extended its lead to 2-0, converting on the power play vs. the Black Bears for the first time in four meetings this season to snap an 0-for-16 drought with the man advantage against Maine heading into the night. Pereira cleaned up a rebound after senior Danny Hobbs deflected a shot from the point by Marcou at 12:25.
Just 30 seconds into the third period, Maine cut its deficit in half. Joey Diamond stole the puck below the goal line and flung it past netminder Kevin Boyle while falling to the ice from the right faceoff circle.
The Minutemen held strong, though, and pushed the advantage back to two goals at the 11:44 mark. On an odd-man rush, Marcou took a feed from sophomore Patrick Kiley and found Carzo in front for the Mass Attack's third of the evening.
Then in the closing minute, Filiou iced the victory with an empty net goal on a clear out of the slot from UMass' defensive zone.
Boyle was near perfect in net for the Minutemen, stopping 21 of the 22 shots he faced on the evening to improve to 7-4-4 on the season and earn the game's No. 1 star. Sullivan totaled 19 saves for the Black Bears, who were out-shot by UMass, 23-22 on the night.
The Minutemen return to action next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, when the team will play host to New Hampshire for two at the Mullins Center.
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