Ice Hockey

#13 BU Bests UMass Hockey, 5-2

junior Branden Gracel scored his second of the season on Friday night at Boston University.

junior Branden Gracel scored his second of the season on Friday night at Boston University.

Oct. 26, 2012

Box Score

BOSTON - The UMass hockey team played level with #13 Boston University in the opening period, but two quick goals by the Terriers to open the second helped lift BU past the Minutemen, 5-2 on Friday night at Agganis Arena. Following the setback, UMass is 1-2-0 on the year, 0-2-0 in Hockey East, while Boston University improves to 2-1-0 overall (2-1-0 HEA).

Junior Branden Gracel tallied his second goal of the year for the Minutemen, while Joel Hanley became the fourth different UMass defenseman to log a power play goal this season.

After a scoreless first, Boston University notched the opening tally of the contest just 51 seconds into the following period. Wade Megan collected a pass from Cason Hohmann and Alexx Privitera and skated through the UMass defense to beat netminder Steve Mastalerz with a backhanded shot, low, glove side.

The Terriers then pushed the advantage to 2-0 at the 4:45 mark of the second. After receiving the puck from Sahir Gill, Matt Grzelcyk found Danny O'Regan streaking through the slot. O'Regan lofted his attempt into the top right corner, the first career tally for the freshman.

Then with the frame winding down, the Minutemen cut their deficit in half. Stripping a BU player of the puck in the neutral zone, Gracel skated in alone on Matt O'Connor and wristed home UMass' first of the night, 14:57 into the second.

However, the Terriers regained their two-goal cushion, 3-1, on a 5-on-3 opportunity at the 4:33 mark of the third. O'Regan notched his second of the evening from Grzelcyk and Privitera to snap a string of 11 straight successful penalty kills by the Minutemen.

Hanley made it a one-goal game once more 9:27 into the period. Off a feed from Conor Sheary and Conor Allen down low, Hanley drove home a shot from the point for a power-play score.



BU answered quickly, though. Just 43 seconds later, Hohmann followed his own rebound and found the back of the net. He later added an empty net goal for the Terriers to seal the win.

Mastalerz finished with 20 saves for UMass, while O'Connor turned aside 28 shots for BU. The Minutemen were 1-for-6 on the power play for the evening, while the Terriers went 2-for-5. UMass won 43-of-76 faceoffs on the night, paced by redshirt sophomore Steven Guzzo's 10-for-11 performance.

The Minutemen will face Boston University again tomorrow night, Oct. 27, with game time set for 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.

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