AMHERST, Mass. -- Five Minutemen scored and four had two-point games as UMass (10-7-3, 7-5-1 Hockey East) topped sister school UMass Lowell (3-14-5, 2-9-2 HEA) 5-1 on Friday night at the Mullins Center. Highlighting the scoring were goals by David Leaderer and Zech Klann, two junior leaders that hadn't found the back of the net since the 2004-05 season. Alex Berry and Chris Davis each scored their second goals in as many games to secure UMass' eighth home win of the season.
The Minutemen made good on two opportunities in the first, jumping out to a promising 2-0 lead. P.J. Fenton scored his sixth of the season and first since the December 9 game at Boston College at the 4:02 mark, assisted by Chris Davis and Leaderer. The goal came off a rebound in front of the UML net, with Davis feeding the puck to Fenton in the slot. Leaderer's point was his first since November 3 vs. Providence.
Davis stayed in the action and scored the Minutemen's second of the night at 17:15 from Fenton and Cory Quirk. The trio skated in on a 3x2, with Quirk making a pass to Fenton that was batted out of the air, finding Davis. He beat goalie Vinny Monaco to the glove side for the 2-0 score at the end of one.
The River Hawks came within one at 3:20 of the second with Ian Schaser's first collegiate tally. The goal, assisted by J. R. Bria and Todd Fletcher, was dumped in by Bria from the point to just behind Jon Quick in net. Schaser's pass hit Quick's skate and deflected in to make it 2-1.
Leaderer got himself into the scoring column with his first goal since his freshman season, scoring just 2 minutes and 19 seconds into the third to regain UMass' two-goal cushion. The shot was taken from the near faceoff circle, assisted by Matt Anderson and Chris Capraro. Capraro also faced his brother Steve, a UMass Lowell defenseman, for the first time in their collegiate careers.
Alex Berry scored his second in as many games at 8:20 to bring the score to 4- 1, chasing goaltender Vinny Monaco from the game. He was replaced by Nevin Hamilton. Mike Kostka assisted on the tally before junior Zech Klann scored his first of the season at 16:22. Klann's shot was taken from the far faceoff circle and came from Berry and Mark Matheson to close out the scoring. That put an end to a scoreless draught for Klann, who last lit the lamp on February 26, 2005 at Niagara.
Shots were 34-29 in favor of the visitors. Monaco stopped 21 of 25 shots and Hamilton stopped three of the four shots he faced for UMass-Lowell. Quick made 33 saves for the Minutemen to earn his ninth win of the season, more than doubling his season total from his rookie campaign. The Mass Attack returns to the ice for a home-and-home series with New Hampshire next weekend. The teams skate Friday night in Durham at 7:30, a game to be aired on NESN's Friday Night Hockey East package. They then return to the Mullins Center on Saturday for a 7 p.m. faceoff.