Big Second Period Carries Maine Past UMass Hockey, 8-4
Oct. 26, 2013
ORONO, Maine - The UMass hockey team held a 1-0 lead after one, but a six-goal second period helped carry Maine past the Minutemen, 8-4 on Saturday night at Alfond Arena. Following the setback, UMass is now 2-4-0 on the year, while the Black Bears improve to 3-2-0.
Redshirt junior Troy Power, with a shorthanded goal and a power-play tally, registered his first career multi-goal game. Power, who eclipsed his previous career high in goal scoring with his third and fourth of the season in the contest, is now just two points shy of his previous season best (nine in 31 games in 2011-12).
Senior Michael Pereira logged his fifth career multi-goal game with his first two tallies of the season. With the pair, he cracked the UMass top-10 in career goals (tied for 10th with 44) and entered the top-20 in career points (19th with 89).
Freshman Steven Iacobellis recorded his second multi-point game in the past three contests and senior Joel Hanley notched a pair of helpers, as well. Hanley extended his point-scoring streak to five straight games, tying a career high.
On Maine's first power play of the night, it was UMass that came away with a goal, taking a 1-0 lead 2:43 into the opening period. Upon retrieving the puck below the goal line, Iacobellis sent a centering pass that Power buried from the slot for his first career shorthanded tally.
Just 1:43 into the second, the Black Bears pulled level with the Minutemen, 1-1. Josh Henke's shot from the right faceoff circle found its way over the shoulder of freshman netminder Alex Wakaluk.
UMass regained the advantage, though, with the squad's 10th power-play goal of the year. Hanley collected a puck left behind the Minuteman net by Wakaluk and sent an outlet pass ahead to Pereira, who drove to the net on the right wing and snapped one past Martin Ouellette.
However, Maine erupted for five goals by five different players over the next ten minutes, 49 seconds to take a 6-2 lead into the second intermission, which included the squad's two power-play tallies on the evening.
Steven Swavely caused a turnover and scored the Black Bears' seventh of the night 6:33 into the third before the Minutemen managed to pull back to within three.
Power knocked in his second of the game at 9:46 in the third on the power play from Iacobellis and Steven Guzzo. Then Pereira added UMass' final goal of the evening and third with the man advantage at the 12:27 mark to bring the score to 7-4. Hanley and senior Conor Sheary collected the assists.
Mark Anthoine would cap off the scoring with an empty net goal 18:37 into the final stanza for his fourth point of the night. Cam Brown and Blaine Byron both had multi-point efforts for Maine, as well, each with a goal and three assists.
The squads finished even in shots at 32 apiece. Ouellette totaled 28 saves for the Black Bears, while Alex Wakaluk and junior Steve Mastalerz had 17 and seven, respectively, between the pipes for UMass.
The two teams will meet again next weekend for a pair of Hockey East games in Amherst, beginning on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m.