Hat Trick Helps #5 UNH Past UMass Hockey, 4-0
March 2, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. - The UMass hockey team went into the first intermission against #5 New Hampshire deadlocked at 0-0, but the Wildcats managed a pair of goals in the second and two in the third to defeat the Minutemen, 4-0 on Saturday night at the Whittemore Center. Following the setback, UMass is now 11-18-3 on the season 8-15-2 in Hockey East, while UNH improves to 18-8-6 overall and 13-7-5 in the conference.
The Wildcats got on the board 1:10 into the second period. Coming off a turnover at the UMass blueline, John Henrion sent a shot in high past netminder Steve Mastalerz from Casey Thrush and Nick Sorkin.
Henrion then pushed the lead to 2-0 with a UNH power play winding down at the 10:43 mark. Off a feed from Brett Kostolansky and Thrush, he ripped an attempt from the left faceoff circle into the top right corner of the net for his second of the night.
Matt Willows increased the margin to three 6:06 into the third period. Waiting at the blueline, Willows collected a pass from Kevin Goumas and Kostolansky and managed to sneak in behind the UMass defense to beat Mastalerz one-on-one.
Henrion later completed his hat trick with an empty net goal at the 19:32 mark from Thrush and Nick Sorkin.
The Wildcats finished with a 33-25 shot advantage, while the Minutemen won 25 of 48 faceoffs in the contest. Mastalerz totaled 29 saves for UMass and Casey DeSmith turned aside 25 to collect the shutout. UNH and UMass were 1-for-4 and 0-for-4 on the power play on the night, respectively.
The Minutemen will wrap up the regular season next weekend, Mar. 8-9, with a home-and-home against Merrimack, beginning with a Friday night meeting in North Andover, Mass.