AMHERST, Mass.– No. 13/14 University of Massachusetts hockey scored two objectives whilst killing a significant penalty within the opening 5 mins of play to assist propel the squad to a 4-2 victory over No. 1 Denver on Friday night time on the Mullins Center. The win, the Minutemen’s 7th all-time over a No. 1-ranked opponent, strikes the squad to 1-0-1 at the season, whilst the Pioneers fall to 2-1-0.
“That was once a extremely atypical recreation, however in my time at UMass, it kind of feels like each and every time we play that group it is not a
same old recreation,” said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. “Today was once simply every other model of it. It was once an improbable reaction by way of our guys. We sought after to get out to a snappy get started, we did not assume it will occur with a five-minute main, that was once clearly massive within the recreation. What a commentary made by way of Pav. That was once, what, his 3rd profession recreation and he places up 45 saves? He was once exceptional and we wanted him to be. Denver’s an impressive group. Our children performed laborious. We have been very opportunistic and there is a lot we want to recover on, however that is an enormous win for this group early within the season.”
Just 38 seconds into the competition, senior Cal Kiefiuk was once assessed a five-minute main and recreation misconduct for hitting from at the back of, placing UMass’ penalty kill to the take a look at early. The Minutemen replied with a shorthanded 2-on-1 as freshman Kenny Connors completed off a feed from senior Reed Lebster on the 3:33 mark for his first collegiate purpose.
Moments later, nonetheless shorthanded, Massachusetts doubled its lead. Sophomore Scott Morrow knocked house a puck from sophomores Ryan Lautenbach and Lucas Mercuri at the rush at 4:51.
The Minutemen driven their merit to 3-0 prior to the primary intermission. Freshman Tyson Dyck wiped clean up a rebound from Cole O’Hara and Connors to notch his first profession purpose at 12:33.
Lebster added an influence play tally for UMass to open the second one after sophomore Ryan Ufko and Morrow on the issues discovered him within the slot for the end.
With an influence play alternative halfway throughout the 3rd, Denver elected to tug goaltender Magnus Chrona for a 6-on-4. As outcome, Carter Mazur transformed for the Pioneers off a feed from Jack Devine and Tristan Broz 13:19 into the body.
The Pioneers crept nearer with every other additional attacker purpose at 15:48 with Casey Dornbach and Massimo Rizzo putting in place Shai Buium at 15:48.
Backed by way of a 45-save efficiency from sophomore goaltender Luke Pavicich, the Minutemen protection withstood Denver’s reaction and got here away with the victory in spite of the 47-15 shot merit for the Pioneers.
UMass completed the night time 1-for-1 at the energy play and went 3-for-4 at the penalty kill. Lebster, Connors and Morrow all posted multi-point efforts with a purpose and help apiece.
The groups will likely be again in motion the next day night time, Oct. 15, for the second one recreation of the weekend set at 7:30 p.m. on the Mullins Center.
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