UMass Hockey Rallies For 2-2 Tie On The Road At #7 Boston College
Nov. 15, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - UMass hockey used a late power-play goal to rally for a hard-fought 2-2 tie on the road at #7 Boston College on Friday evening. The Minutemen are now 3-7-2 overall, 1-4-2 in Hockey East action, while the Eagles sit at 7-2-2 on the year, 4-0-1 in league play.
Senior Branden Gracel logged his second multi-point game of the season and 16th of his career as he scored for a second straight game, while also registering an assist. His tally was his third power-play goal of the year, the team's 15th of the season. Senior Conor Sheary had a multi-point night, as well, with two assists, his first multi-point game of the season and 14th of his career. Senior Joel Hanley chipped in his team-best eighth assist of the year.
Boston College appeared to have taken a 1-0 lead midway through the first. After Oleg Yevenko was sent to the box for slashing, Michael Matheson drove in a shot from the point. However, the tally was reviewed and disallowed for goaltender interference by an Eagles' player in front.
UMass responded by scoring 13:15 into the first. Shortly after a power-play opportunity for the Minutemen expired, a feed from Gracel below the goal line set up a top-shelf strike by freshman Ray Pigozzi from the doorstep. Sheary earned an assist, as well.
Less than two minutes later, though, Boston College netted the equalizer. Danny Linell picked up the puck on a failed clearing attempt by UMass and sent it over to Kevin Hayes who tapped it to Ryan Fitzgerald for the goal at 14:42.
The Eagles then pulled in front 2-1 with time winding down in the opening period. Bill Arnold won the puck in the corner for Johnny Gaudreau, who centered it for Austin Cangelosi to complete the play 17:37 into the stanza.
After neither side scored in the second and played the bulk of the third without finding the back of the net, the Minutemen took advantage of a five-minute major called on Steve Santini at the 17:26 mark.
With time in regulation winding down, a point-to-point pass on the power play set up Gracel at the left faceoff circle. Gracel drove a shot towards goal that glanced off the shoulder of a Boston College defenseman and past netminder Brian Billett.
After out-shooting the Eagles 3-2 in overtime, UMass finished with a 34-28 shot advantage on the night and went 1-for-7 on the power play. The Minutemen limited Boston College to a 0-for-3 showing with the man advantage.
Paced by Gracel's 12-for-18 effort over the dots, UMass won 34-of-66 faceoffs. Freshman Mac Haight totaled 26 saves in net for the Minutemen, while Billett ended the night with 32 stops.
UMass will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 22, playing host to Vermont at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.
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