UMass Edged By #15 Vermont, 2-1, In Hockey East Tournament
March 7, 2014
BURLINGTON, Vt. - A late third-period goal helped #15 Vermont edge UMass hockey, 2-1, in Hockey East Tournament first round action on Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse. With the loss, the Minutemen end their 2013-14 campaign at 8-22-4 overall, while the Catamounts improve to 19-12-3 and advance to the quarterfinal round.
Redshirt junior Troy Power scored the lone goal of the night for the Minutemen, his 10th of the season. Senior Conor Sheary added an assist on the tally to finish the year with a team-best 28 points, while freshman Steven Iacobellis had an assist, as well, to end his rookie campaign with 21 points (10g, 11 a).
After battling through a scoreless opening period, UMass took a 1-0 lead just 2:40 into the second period. Following an offensive zone faceoff win, Power jammed in his tally off a feed from Iacobellis and Sheary.
However, the Catamounts managed to pull level with the Minutemen before the intermission. Jake Fallon and Collin Markison set up a blast from the point on the rush with a drop pass for Michael Paliotta at the 17:18 mark.
Then, with just over one minute to play in regulation, Vermont came up with the game winner. Connor Brickley curled out in front of the UMass net and his shot trickled in under goaltender Steve Mastalerz 18:53 into the period. Anthony DeCenzo and Matt White earned assists on the play.
The Catamounts ended the contest with a 26-19 shot advantage, while UMass won 33-of-59 faceoffs, paced by Iacobellis (13-for-20) and senior Branden Gracel (6-for-7).
Brody Hoffman totaled 18 saves for Vermont, including a diving stop on a shorthanded chance that kept the game scoreless late in the first period. Mastalerz registered 24 stops for the Minutemen. UMass went 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Catamounts were 0-for-4.