UMass Hockey Knocks Off #13/11 Notre Dame For 3-2 Road Victory
Dec. 7, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior Adam Phillips scored UMass' 19th power-play goal of the year with 2:47 remaining in regulation to lift the Minutemen to a 3-2 victory over #13/11 Notre Dame on Saturday evening at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The win, which moves UMass to 4-11-2 on the year, 2-7-2 in Hockey East, was the first for the Minutemen on the road this season. The Fighting Irish fall to 10-7-1 overall, 3-4-1 in the conference following the loss.
Three seniors provided the three tallies for UMass, including Branden Gracel who found the back of the net for a second straight night for his team-leading seventh goal of the season. Senior Joel Hanley contributed a goal and an assist, for his 15th career multi-point game and third of the year. The two points for Hanley, which both came with the man advantage, lifted his season total to 10 power-play points, good for first in Hockey East.
Freshman Ray Pigozzi had his second straight multi-point game, adding a pair of assists, while senior Conor Sheary logged a helper for his sixth point in the past six games. Redshirt junior Troy Power matched his career high for points in a season as his assist marked his ninth point of the year.
For the second time in as many days, the Minutemen found themselves trailing early. Sam Herr redirected a fluttering puck past Steve Mastalerz at the 3:16 into the first period off a shot from the point by Andy Ryan. David Gerths earned an assist, as well.
Midway though the stanza, though, Gracel leveled the score at 1-1. Collecting a feed from Sheary and junior Mike Busillo just inside the Notre Dame zone, Gracel drove a knuckling long-range shot into the top right corner of the net at the 11:18 mark.
UMass then climbed on top, 2-1, at the start of the second period. Hanley sent a drive towards the net off a pass from Pigozzi and Power on the power play that went off the goal post and in at the 2:27 mark.
However, the Irish did manage to pull even with the Minutemen courtesy of a late second period goal. Vince Hinostroza found Mario Lucia streaking down the slot for a quick strike 18:28 into the stanza.
Phillips' game-winner, a soft attempt flung towards the net through traffic on the power play, came 17:13 into the third from Hanley and Pigozzi.
UMass finished the contest 2-for-7 on the power play, while holding Notre Dame to a 0-for-5 night with the man advantage. The Irish out-shot the Minutemen, 35-22, as Mastalerz recorded 33 saves, including a breakaway stop on an attempt by Jeff Costello with 15:55 remaining in the third. Steven Summerhays totaled 19 saves in net for Notre Dame.
UMass will be back in action next Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15 when the squad will travel to Hamilton, N.Y., for a pair of afternoon games at Colgate.
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