UMass Hockey Falls At New Hampshire, 4-1
Nov. 8, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. - The UMass hockey team was unable to overcome an early 1-0 deficit, falling to New Hampshire, 4-1 in Hockey East action at the Whittemore Center on Friday night. Following the setback, the Minutemen drop to 3-5-1 on the season (1-2-1 Hockey East), while the Wildcats improve to 2-5-1 (1-2-0 Hockey East).
Freshman Steven Iacobellis netted the lone goal on the night for UMass, his fourth of the season to match linemate Troy Power for the team lead in tallies on the year. Power registered an assist on the goal and now holds a team-best total of eight points through nine games.
UNH was quick to score, taking a 1-0 lead just 1:51 into the first period. Justin Agosta drove a shot past UMass goaltender Steve Mastalerz from the right faceoff circle off a feed from Jeff Silengo and Kyle Smith.
Then, on its first power play of the night, the Minutemen converted to tie the score at 1-1 at the 17:38 mark. Iacobellis redirected a shot from the right point by Adam Phillips at the doorstep for UMass' 14th man advantage goal of the season. Power earned an assist on the play, as well.
However, the Wildcats regained the lead midway through the second period. On the rush, Agosta fired in his second of the night from the top of the slot off a feed from San Correale and Maxim Gaudreault 8:35 into the stanza.
UNH extended the margin to 3-1 at the 2:19 mark of the third. Kyle Smith banged home a one-timer off a behind the net pass from Casey Thrush and Silengo.
The Wildcats later capped off the scoring with a slapper from the point by Trevor van Riemsdyk 16:57 into the final frame.
New Hampshire ended the night with a 32-23 shot advantage and went 1-for-5 on the power play. UMass was 1-for-3 with the man advantage on the evening. Mastalerz registered 28 saves in net for the Minutemen and UNH's Casey DeSmith stopped 22.
The teams will be back in action tomorrow night for their second meeting of the weekend in Amherst at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.
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