Maine Edges UMass Hockey, 3-2 In Overtime
Oct. 25, 2013
ORONO, Maine - The UMass hockey team fought back from a 2-0 deficit, but Maine used its second power play goal of the night to defeat the Minutemen 3-2 in overtime on Friday evening at Alfond Arena. Following the non-conference matchup between the pair of Hockey East squads, UMass sits at 2-3-0 on the season, while the Black Bears improve to 2-2-0.
Freshman Ray Pigozzi scored his first collegiate goal in the contest, while redshirt junior Troy Power collected an assist as both have accumulated four points apiece over the past two games. Senior Conor Sheary netted his first goal of the season, the 30th of his career and 10th career power-play tally, while senior Joel Hanley added a helper to increase his point scoring streak to four straight games.
Maine took a 1-0 lead 6:48 into the contest. After Steven Swavely caused a neutral zone turnover, Josh Henke centered the puck from the near boards for Mark Anthoine, who lofted a shot high over UMass netminder Steve Mastalerz.
The Black Bears then expanded their lead with a 5-on-3 power play opportunity. Devin Shore and Henke connected with Ben Hutton at the near post for a tap in 14:19 into the stanza that increased the advantage to 2-0.
The Minutemen went on to cut their deficit in half before the intermission. Off an outlet pass from Power and junior Mike Busillo, Pigozzi skated up the left wing and ripped a quick shot past Martin Ouellette at the 16:46 mark.
UMass then leveled the score at 2-2 while on the power play in the second period. After retreating to the Minutemen's defensive end to collect a pass from senior Michael Pereira, Hanley sent a cross-ice feed to Sheary on the opposite wing. Evading several Maine players on the way to the net, Sheary wristed one over the shoulder of Ouellette at the 13:50 into the stanza.
After being outshot 14-7 in both the first and the second period, UMass shifted the momentum in the third. The Minutemen held a 13-7 advantage in the frame, but were unable to solve Ouellette despite several quality scoring chances.
Then in overtime, Busillo was whistled for hooking at the 2:57 mark and Maine broke through for the game winner 30 seconds later. Shore and Ryan Lomberg set up Connor Leen for a one-timer from point-blank range.
Mastalerz logged his third straight game with 30-plus stops, totaling 34 saves for UMass, while Ouellette turned aside 27 for the Black Bears. The Minutemen went 1-for-6 on the power play in the contest and Maine was 2-for-7.
The teams will play their second of four straight meetings tomorrow night, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Alfond Arena.